Sunday, August 15, 2010

No Hesitation

Jean-Paul Riopelle, Chicago II, 1958, Musée National Des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

One of Canada's best known 20th century artists, Riopelle's career took him all over the world. His work was strongly influenced by the Surrealists and was known for it's innate spontaneity which he achieved by constantly experimenting with new techniques.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Blueberry Season in Maine

Winslow Homer
, The Berry Pickers, 1873, Private Collection

Having been lucky enough to sample fresh blueberries in Maine today and I thought about this work by resident Winslow Homer (who moved to Maine in his later years) and how it had that perfect feeling for a beautiful day.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Color Woodcuts

Mabel A. Hewit, Dunes from Race Point, Cape Cod, c. 1930, White line woodcut, 14 1/2 x 18 inches, Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC.

If you are in the Cleveland area be sure to stop in and see a print show that features the work of a local artist named Mabel Hewit (1903-1984) it is on display through October 24, 2010.

Monday, August 02, 2010

You Never Know Who's Canadian

Maurice Prendergast
, Landscape with Figures, 1921, The Corcoran Gallery of Art

I am currently getting ready to make a trip up to Nova Scotia and Québec and in looking-up Canadian artists I discovered that one of my favorites, Maurice Prendergast was born in St. John, Newfoundland. His family eventually settled in Boston and he was part of the Ashcan School but usually with a lighter tone, a brighter palette, and a more abstract hand.

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