Friday, May 28, 2010

Josef Willroider - German 1838-1915

17 x 32 cm

The brushwork in this little piece (stumbled upon on an art auction website) is wonderfully eloquent and efficient (how German). Right-leaning diagonal marks in the sky balance the left-leaning reeds.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Complementary Colours

George Carlson, American, In the Shadow of the Sun, 42 x 42 inches

Subtle hints of pink lend radiance to the predominantly green palette. There's just the right amount of the complementary colour to create a vibration. Too much and the vibration becomes oscillation, and the sense of peace in the work is lost. The square format enhances the abstract qualities of the piece.
Here's a link to the artist's biography.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Greek Landscape Painting

Vikentios Bokatsiambis, View of the Church of St Nikolas, Athens, 28.3 x 58 cm

Michalis Economou, 1888-1933, Les Buissons, 38.5 x 46 cm