Friday, 31 July 2009

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980)

"Admiring a painting" 1940


"Reclining nude" 1978

detail


"Lady in the garden" 1946


"By the stream" 1956


"The Offering" 1941


"Family" 1944


"A young lady by the window" 1942


"Reverie" 1948


"Lady with a blue fan" 1940


"Young lady" 1942

detail


"Four school boys" 1960


"Maternité"


"L'heure du thé" 1943


"The prayer" 1958


"Lady with a fan" 1950


"Fairytale" 1942


"Lady with a scarf" 1942


"The Blue Turban" 1952


"The Bridge"

Clausen's country girls

"Head of a young girl" 1884

Sir George Clausen (1853-1944) had become increasingly dedicated to the theme of the farm worker as his principal subject since his earliest days in France, where he greatly admired the work of both Bastien-Lepage and Millet. The modernism of Clausen's approach as seen in these works is thrown into stark relief by the farm scenes produced by other members of the late high Victorian school in England. These painters made a profitable living out of haymaking scenes, where the general association was with good times and rural merry-making. While they did produce harvesting scenes which possessed a stronger element of solemnity, appropriate to the symbolic and practical importance of harvesting within the agricultural calendar, they still chose to focus on the picturesque above all else. Clausen, having absorbed the tenets of faith of the social realist and naturalist schools on the continent, was not interested in idealising the 'happy peasant' - his intention was more to create a "noble and resonant image of the farm worker."


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"Brown eyes" 1891


"A Normandy Peasant" 1887


"In the orchard" 1882


"A school girl" 1891


"Gathering potatoes" 1887


"The stone pickers"


"Young Girl" 1892


"Young girl" 1890


"The nut brown maid"


"Head study"


"A Village Maiden"


"Summer in the fields"


"Breton girl carrying a jug"


"Little Haymakers" 1887

Millard Sheets (1907-1989)

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Charles Reiffel (1862-1942)

"Mountain Barrier" 1931




"In the Mountains, Baja, California"


"Autumn design #2" 1950's


"Hills and houses"


"La Cresta" 1932


"After the blizzard"


"Across the valley"


"Country Splendor"


"San Diego Farm"


"Summer session at Ballast Point" 1930

"Perhaps the most original of the early San Diego artists was the self-taught Charles Reiffel, a critically acclaimed landscape painter before his 1926 arrival on the West Coast. His work is vibrant with its blue-green-gold palette and undulating line that fill the canvases with movement and light, endowing them with a sense of the constant change of the mountainous Southern California landscape. Reiffel was in sympathy with the modern tendency toward pure color and bright light." - M. Petersen, "Art in San Diego before 1930"

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929)

"A Provencal farm"


"The water splash" 1900


"A Brescian Shore"


"An Autumn morning"


"A Sussex farm"


"The builder's yard, Cancale, Brittany" 1881


"Marsh marigolds"


"Sussex farm" 1887


"Provencal Spring" 1903


"The March month"


"A Ligurian spring"


"The Mushroom Gatherers"


"The farm pond"