Saturday, August 9, 2014

20th Century - American Art

Twentieth Century American Traditional-Modern Art

I've always liked early 20th century American art, before our art world got taken over by abstraction and similarly somewhat inane art movements.

"Controversy soon became a way of life ifor American artists. In fact, much of American painting and sculpture since 1900 has been a series of revolts against tradition. "To hell with the artistic values," announced Robert Henri 1865–1929). He was the leader of what critics called the Ashcan school of painting, after the group's portrayals of the squalid aspects of city life.

"American realism became the new direction for American visual artists at the turn of the 20th century. The Ashcan painters George Bellows, Everett Shinn, George Benjamin Luks, John Sloan were among those who developed socially conscious imagery in their works. ... "

George Bellows...

"George Bellows was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He was an only child, born four years after his parents married, at the ages of fifty and forty respectively. His mother, Anna Wilhelmina Smith, was the daughter of a whaling captain.
Bellows George Dempsey and Firpo 1924... an original a

"Bellows attended Ohio State University from 1901 until 1904. There he played for the baseball and basketball teams, and provided illustrations for the Makio, the school's student yearbook. He was encouraged to become a professional baseball player, and he worked as a commercial illustrator while a student and continued to accept magazine assignments throughout his life. Despite these opportunities in athletics and commercial art, Bellows desired success as a painter. He left Ohio State in 1904 just before he was to graduate and moved to New York City to study art."

Georgia O'Keeffe Red Poppy Traditional-Modern Art
Georgia O'Keeffe Red Poppy Traditional-Modern Art

...Georgia O’Keeffe painted in what I think of as Traditional-Modern She was a believer in (her personal view) of traditional motifs, accomplished in her own unique modern style. "She attempted to imbue all of her works— from her schematic images of the New York skyline to her magnified, closely cropped flower paintings—with an expressive, organic vitality. She was drawn increasingly to painting nature, especially the expansive, light-bathed landscape of th Southwest,..."

Edward Hopper - A movie theater in New York...
Edward Hopper - New York Movie

  Edward Hopper - A movie theater in New York... "Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn't see it as particularly lonely... "

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