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A Weekend with Joseph Stella 3, 1926 on
By the mid 1920s, Joseph Stella (1877–1946) appeared to be pursuing three or more separate artistic careers, as a Precisionist who loved industry and smoke, as a modernist applying his great draftsmanship skills, and as a successor to Bosch in near-Surrealist fantasies. Joseph Stella (1877–1946), The Apotheosis of the... Read more
A Weekend with Joseph Stella 2, 1919-25
Following his return to New York City in late 1912, Joseph Stella (1877–1946) had radically changed his style and motifs. Late in the First World War, he had concentrated on industrial settings after initiating American Futurism in 1913. Joseph Stella (1877–1946), Nocturne II (c 1919), pastel on paper, 43.2... Read more
A Weekend with Joseph Stella 1, to 1918
Over two years ago, as part of articles looking at the career and work of William Merritt Chase, I wanted to write about one of his most brilliant and successful pupils, Joseph Stella (1877–1946). Sadly, at that time Stella’s work was still in copyright, and I couldn’t show any... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 19 USA, Winslow Homer
Normally considered a realist, but he also painted many watercolours and some oils in far looser style which I think can be considered to have significant impressionist tendencies. He seldom achieved the high chromas more characteristic of European impressionism, and many of these works were painted quite briskly as... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 20 USA, William Merritt Chase
I now start considering a selection of American painters who were happy to be branded Impressionists. As always, I am limited to those artists for whom I can find sufficient images of suitable quality for use here; if I omit one of your favourite American Impressionists, please let me... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 22 USA, Robinson, Twachtman, Weir
Although there were other American Impressionists, most of the remainder have slipped into relative obscurity. Here I will cover, a bit more briefly, three of those for whom there are still a reasonable number of good quality images freely available. The most prominent of all American Impressionists was, of... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 0 index of peri-Impressionists
This is an index of the 61 artists covered in this series to 9 July 2015. A total of 38 entries are given with an example painting, a short summary, and link to the article in which their career and work is detailed. A further 23 entries are shorter,... Read more
Trees in the landscape: 1. Introduction to the new series
Many of the finest landscape paintings consist of just three major elements: the sky, terrain, and trees. Some are little more than portraits of trees. In this new series of articles, I am going to concentrate on the depiction of trees by individual Western painters, where those trees form... Read more
William Merritt Chase: books and exhibitions to celebrate his centenary
William Merritt Chase, an American master painter and Impressionist, died on 25 October 1916: almost a century ago. To mark this centenary, there is an exhibition which is currently in Washington DC, moving to Boston and then over to Venice in 2017. Accompanying that is a new book which... Read more
Into the Light: Louise Upton Brumback, all things bright and colourful
If the odds are still stacked against success for women artists, think what they must have been like in the early twentieth century. It took a very special kind of woman to succeed in painting then, someone with the strong character of Louise Upton Brumback (1867-1929). Louise Upton, as... Read more