One subject that Foujita never fails to express with strong feeling is cats. This is clearly indicated in this drawing of a woman and a cat. The cat is alive but the woman doesn’t seem to have any meaning at all. Foujita isn’t always so ineffective with the female subject as we can see in […]
It is love at first sight. This drawing has a mesmerizing quality. This woman is permanently alive in this work. Can a photograph achieve that? I’m in love with the art and the woman. A larger photo image has been kindly provided by whoever has control of these things. Click on the smaller image to […]
What wonderful little paintings these are! Again one wonders where did they come from and who painted them? Was the artist a highly gifted naif or a sophisticated, trained artist? Well, I have been able to find some information about this artist. Burliuk had a long history as an artist before he painted these little […]
This post is more to add some additional reference material to my previous post on David Park, so it is more as commentary rather than to present paintings I really love. I have never been a big fan of Richard Diebenkorn but have enjoyed looking at his large Ocean Park paintings, and I get a […]
More people today are becoming familiar with this artist as interest in his work and auction prices increase. He wasn’t getting much of a mention in the history of art, even in the history of American art where he should have been prominent. This history was dominated by the New York abstract expressionists, then Pop […]
Further to my previous post on Thomas Downing, I came across this painting with a title which seems to confirm that the pattern making used in quilts, and possibly the Amish quilts in particular, was one of the influences in the development of his abstract style.
Walasse Ting is a Chinese born artist who moved to Europe in the early 1950’s and then to New York in the late 1950’s. Wikipedia has some more details. The influence of the COBRA group (Karel Appel, Corneille in particular), and later, Sam Francis in New York is obvious once you know this; and with […]
Usually, with an artist as well known as Diego Rivera, we get to see the big production numbers. Either through familiarity with the work, or unfamiliarity with the artist’s motivation, or some other reason related to the method of expression, these works often leave me unmoved. I can’t always appreciate the quality of an artist […]
We may think nothing really new and exciting can be done with old fashioned realism informed with old fashioned modernist painting technique and design, then we see a surprising painting like this one which shows again what is possible in this vein.
Great paintings can have very different stories regarding their origins. Some may be famous from the beginning; being by famous artists and shown in famous galleries. Others, we are just lucky to have.Â Their quality may be obvious to the eye, but they have a tenuous existence without the anointment of fame. If the painting […]