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Entries in Landscape (4)

Monday
May142018

Albert Marquet: A Style of Impressions

Albert Marquet - View from a Balcony - 1945 - Oil on canvas - 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. - Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NYFrench painter Albert Marquet (1875-1947) was very involved with Fauvism during the early years of the twentieth century. Fauvism—the first movement of Modern Art—was a wild, vibrant style of expressionistic art that shocked the critics. It has since been recognized as one of the seminal forces that drove Modern Art. It’s practitioners were called the fauves, French for "wild beasts," as a term of derision, referring to their apparent lack of discipline. Once thought of as a minor, short-lived, movement, Fauvism paved the way to other significant developments in modernism in its disregard for natural forms and its love of unbridled color. 

Marquet participated in a group exhibition with Henri Matisse (1869-1954), André Derain (1880-1954) and Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) at the "Salon d'Automne" in 1905. In the following year, Marquet traveled extensively through France and also visited Germany, Holland, North Africa, Russia and Scandinavia. Between 1940 and 1945, Marquet lived in Algiers. He only returned to Paris permanently in 1945, two years before his death. 

Albert Marquet developed his own style, which was influenced by his varied impressions during his travels. He moved from typical Fauvism to a simplified, calmer style more akin to Impressionism He remained faithful to that approach for the rest of his life. In addition to landscapes Marquet also produced some excellent figurative paintings, including several powerful female nudes and numerous portraits. The painting featured here was completed shortly after his final return to Paris.

Monday
Jan152018

Winter!

Bruce Crane - Winter Landscape - Watercolor and gouache on blue-gray wove paper - 10 7/8 x 18 11/16 in. (27.6 x 47.5 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (click photo for larger image)American artist Bruce Crane (1857-1937) was born in New York City. He was educated in New York's public schools and was exposed to the city's galleries and museums by his father, himself an amateur painter.  By the age of seventeen, Crane had moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he was employed as a draftsman by an architect and builder. 

He soon decided to devote his career to painting. In 1876 or 1877, he sought the guidance of the landscape painter Alexander H. Wyant (1836-1892), with whom he subsequently shared a close, lifelong friendship. Between 1878 and 1882, Crane attended the Art Students League in New York and traveled to Europe for further study.  In the United States during this period, he painted in New Jersey; East Hampton, Long Island; and the Adirondacks.

Friday
Oct022015

S├índor Brodszky: Hungarian Painter

Sándor Brodszky - Pond in the Alps - 1853 - Oil on canvas, 105 x 133 cm - Private collection (click photo for larger image)Hungarian Painter Sándor Brodszky (1819-1901) studied medicine in Pest, before moving on in 1841 to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, where he studied painting under Josef Mössmer (1780-1845) and Franz Steinfeld (1787-1868). In 1845 he went to Munich, where he spent ten years, during which time he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste under Albert Zimmermann (1808-88) and Friedrich Voltz (1817-86). His ideal landscape painter, however, was Carl Rottmann. As well as many successful exhibitions in Germany, from 1842 he regularly exhibited landscapes and still-lifes in the annual exhibitions of the Artists' Association of Pest (Pesti Muegylet) and he settled in the capital in 1856. After 1870 he was one of the conservative landscape painters in Hungary who preserved the traditions of the artists in Vienna and Munich during the 1840s and 1850s. 

Friday
Dec202013

An American Original - Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole - View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow - 1836 - Oil on canvas - 51 1/2 x 76 in. (130.8 x 193 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Long known as "The Oxbow," this work is a masterpiece of American landscape painting, laden with possible interpretations."

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Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an American artist and founder of the Hudson River School of painting--considered by many to be the first truly American art movement.