I don’t know how or when my fascination with art from the 1910’s 1920’s and 30’s came from. It may have started with my total infatuation with the artists from the Group of Seven (see above). Their art opened my mind to a different aesthetic from what I had known and admired before — mainly Impressionism.
The artists who painted in this period — sometimes called modernism — but not sure if there is “a name” for this art, have much in common. They had studied with the Impressionists but were also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement.
Recently, in the British magazine, House and Garden, I saw a painting by an artist I had never heard of before, but whose work I love, Frank Brangwyn. Similarly, in the Chicago Art Institute catalogue, I saw a reproduction of a painting by Jonas Lie, again someone I had never heard of.
Here are some of their paintings. Both of them did many paintings of the sea coast or water. Lie, who was born in Norway in 1880, moved to the US in 1893. He died in 1940. Brangwyn, who was Anglo-Welsh, as they say, was born in 1867 but lived longer — he died in 1956. Brangwyn was very prolific, both as a painter and as a craftsman and produced over 12,000 works of art!
Lie’s painting of the New York City skyline, entitled Afterglow
I like looking at art that is soothing. I also like art that is colorful. It is interesting to me to discover what truly engages my eye and my brain.
And on another note. We leave for France on the 29th for five weeks. I will blog from our house in Mirabel, mostly about our experiences there, and if I can figure it out technically, maybe with some photos. A bientot!