Sunday, July 5, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 93

Richard Larter, (1929 - 2014)
Jean #1, c. 1996 
Acrylic and metallic paint on canvas 
134 x 88cm 
Private collection

Richard Larter (19 May 1929 – 25 July 2014) was an Australian painter, often identified as one of Australia's few highly recognizable pop artists. Larter also frequently painted in a Pointillist style. He took advantage of unusual techniques with painting: using a syringe filled with paint to create his early works, and juxtaposing multiple images on to a canvas. Many of his works are brightly coloured and draw on popular culture for source materials, reproducing news photographs, film stills, and images from pornography. He was married to Pat Larter, an artist who was involved in the Mail art movement, then performance art and finally painting in a brightly coloured style similar to Richard's. The Larters emigrated to Australia in 1962. Richard Larter's pop art was less ironic than his American and English counterparts. In this Larter is similar to other noted Australian pop artists, such as, Mike Brown and Martin Sharp. More on Richard Larter





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Monday, June 29, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 92

Tom Ouellette, Massachusetts, b. 1954 
Seated Nude II
Oil on linen
36" x 24". Framed 42" x 30
Private collection

Tom Ouellette was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1954. With the aid of a National Merit Scholarship he attended Harvard University, and graduated in 1978. In 1982, after completing drawing courses, he decided to pursue a career in painting and entered The Art Institute of Boston, graduating with honors in 1985. Ouellette moved to New York City in 1988 to pursue intensive training in traditional oil painting techniques under the tutelage of Michael Aviano. Ouellette has earned the title of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston, and has received many awards, including the Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award from Yankee magazine, the John Singleton Copley Award and the Richard and Mary Schroeder Award for portraiture. Ouellette also teaches traditional methods of painting and drawing from his studio. More on Tom Ouellette






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Saturday, June 20, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 91

Charles Knight, (1901 - 1990)
SEATED FEMALE NUDE 
Oil on canvas
50 cm by 60 cm; 20 in by 23 1/2 in
Private collection

Charles Knight, ROI VPRWS (1901-1990), a Sussex landscape painter, channelled the tradition of English watercolour painting in order to produce his own original contribution. As a result, he became a pillar of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours.

His father, employed by a firm of Brighton publishers, was a keen naturalist and artist, and took the young Charles on walking and sketching trips, so initiating a love of Sussex. His gift for drawing was further encouraged by trips to France with a childhood mentor, Canon Elliott. Studying first at Brighton School of Art (1919-23), in 1923 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools and, though commuting from the South Coast, became exposed to many new influences. His discovery of the work of John Sell Cotman was particularly seminal, for it determined his concentration on watercolour, and directed his travels, as well as affecting his early style. .

From 1925, Knight taught at Brighton School of Art, first as a full-time lecturer, and later as a visitor. The forty drawings of the county which he produced for Recording Britain were dubbed the ‘star turn’ of the project by William Russell Flint. During the Second World War, he was reserved by the teaching profession, and returned to full-time teaching at the college, but also worked as a night telephone operator for the Civil Defence and a member of the Home Guard. In 1944, he was asked by the Queen Mother to give Princess Margaret lessons in watercolour painting; his appointment lasted for three years. He continued to teach at Brighton School of Art, and in 1959 became both Vice-Principal and Head of the Drawing and Painting Department. He died on 15 May 1990. More on Charles Knight







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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 90

Hedi Schick, (1906-1999) Austrian/British
A Seated Female Nude, with an Attendant
Oil on Canvas
24" x 20"
Private collection

Hedi (Hedwig) Schick (1906 Vienna - 1999 London) was in her younger years strongly influenced by Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Dix. She studied at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts), from which she graduated in the early 1930s (her name could be found among those of professional applied artists in the address book of Vienna Artists issued in 1934). 

As a Jewish woman, Hedi Schick came to Britain in the late 1930s and began working, producing theatre backdrops and scene painting. She received British Citizenship in 1947. 

She met Clement and Wilfred Hall who ran a gallery in Islington (London) and began working for them as a picture restorer. Later on she exhibited with the Islington Art Circle during the 1950s and 1960s.

She worked as an illustrator, illustrated the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, as well as the books such as "Bush and Billabong" and "Australian Tales of Long Ago" by Peter Paxton (1945), etc. She also made further advertising work for theatre and projects of textile. (*this information was borrowed from David Buckman's "Artists in Britain since 1945", Volume 2, page 412). More on Hedi Schick,





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Monday, June 1, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 89

Paul Delvaux, (1897 - 1994)
The Two Friends, c. 1967 
Mixed media, watercolor, India ink and pencil on paper
63 x 100 cm 
Private collection

Paul Delvaux (23 September 1897 – 20 July 1994) was a Belgian painter famous for his paintings of female nudes. He was influenced by the works of Giorgio de Chirico, and was also briefly associated with surrealism.

The young Delvaux took music lessons, studied Greek and Latin, and absorbed the fiction of Jules Verne and the poetry of Homer. All of his work was to be influenced by these readings, starting with his earliest drawings showing mythological scenes. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, attending painting classes taught by Constant Montald and Jean Delville. The painters Frans Courtens and Alfred Bastien also encouraged Delvaux, whose works from this period were primarily naturalistic landscapes. 

Delvaux's paintings of the late 1920s and early 1930s, which feature nudes in landscapes. A change of style around 1933 reflects the influence of the metaphysical art. In the early 1930s Delvaux found further inspiration in visits to the Brussels Fair, where the Spitzner Museum, a museum of medical curiosities, supplying him with motifs that would appear throughout his subsequent work.

In 1959 he executed a mural at the Palais des Congrès in Brussels, one of several large scale decorative commissions Delvaux undertook. He was named director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in 1965. In 1982 the Paul Delvaux Museum opened in Saint-Idesbald. Delvaux died in Veurne in 1994. More on Paul Delvaux





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Friday, May 29, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 87

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, (1884 - 1976)
Female nude in front of fireplace 
Black ink and chalk on paper
51 x 38 cm
Private collection

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, original name Karl Schmidt, (born December 1, 1884, Rottluff, near Chemnitz, Germany—died August 9, 1976, West Berlin [now Berlin]), German painter and printmaker, noted for his Expressionist landscapes and nudes.

In 1905 Schmidt-Rottluff began to study architecture in Dresden, Germany, where he and his friends formed the organization of Expressionist artists known as Die Brücke (“The Bridge”), united by the goal of creating a modern, intensely emotional style.

Schmidt-Rottluff is particularly known for his rural landscapes. He initially painted in an Impressionist style, but transitioned to his mature style, characterized by flat areas of boldly dissonant colours. Schmidt-Rottluff  began to explore the expressive potential of the woodcut medium. In 1911 Schmidt-Rottluff moved to Berlin, where he painted works with more angular, geometric forms and distorted space, revealing his new interest in Cubism and African sculpture.

After World War I Schmidt-Rottluff became increasingly interested in religious themes. During the 1920s Schmidt-Rottluff’s work became more subdued and harmonious, losing much of its former vigour and integrity. When the Nazis gained power in Germany, he was forbidden to paint. After World War II he taught art and resumed painting, although he never regained the power of his early works. More on Karl Schmidt-Rottluff





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Saturday, May 16, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 86

Eric Kroll,  (American, b.1946)
Wife in Field, Eastern Washington, c.  1980
Gelatin silver print
6.25"h x 9.5"w
Private collection

Eric David Kroll (born October 23, 1946 in New York City) is a fetish photographer and book editor who has lived in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He is currently living in Tucson, Arizona. He earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1969.

A freelance photojournalist for eleven years, he was a "specials" photographer for Paul Schrader's Columbia Pictures film Hardcore (1978) and was an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College in New York City (1976). In 1973-75 he was assistant professor of photography at Antioch College, Baltimore, Maryland. Kroll owned and operated One Loose Eye Gallery of Photography in Taos, New Mexico, in 1969-70.

Kroll has also published some collections, composed introductions for influential works such as the compiled two-volume "Bizarre" collection and some Taschen folios. More on Eric David Kroll






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01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 93

Richard Larter, (1929 - 2014) Jean #1, c. 1996  Acrylic and metallic paint on canvas  134 x 88cm  Private collection Richard...