Sunday, June 30, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lawton Silas Parker's luminous lady, 1920

L.S. Parker (1868-1954) was a dedicated American impressionist who split his time between America and France beginning in 1888. Unlike most of the artists I blog about, Parker was highly trained, having attended the Chicago Art Institute, the Academie Julian in Paris, the Art Students League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. During World War II he was imprisoned by the Nazis for two years before making a daring escape. Many of the paintings he did in Giverny were destroyed in the war. Parker spent his final years in Pasadena, Calif. The M. Christine Schwartz Collection, which offers late 19th century, early 20th century paintings associated with Chicago, posted a detailed bio of the artist. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Big-tail horse

Folky weather vane with verdigris, 21.6 inches tall, 30 inches wide, made of hand-cut metal pieces riveted together. The edges have softened with age.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Winter Twilight

"Winter Twilight" is a 1958 painting by Edgar Raymon of California. The canvas, 17.6 inches by 23 inches, wasn't quite big enough for Mr. Raymon so he also painted sledders and skiers on the 3-inch frame. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Man doll

Leroy Almon (d. 1997) of Tallapoosa, Ga., made this plaque early in his career before his subject matter turned exclusively to Christianity. Almon apprenticed with the famous lay minister artist Elijah Pierce of Columbus, Ohio, where Almon lived before moving to the South. Carved in the top right corner is the title: "The Man Doll." Wonder what inspired him to depict such an unusual figure. Surprisingly, Almon is not in Wikipedia, but I did find this video.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Profiles in fitness

In 1936, the year this photo was taken, Jack LaLanne opened his first muscle club, in Oakland. Were these seven trying to measure up to the godfather of fitness?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Floating boy

With the lad's shoes pointing down, it looks like he's levitating. One of the charms of this late-19th century amateur painting.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Silver feline

Carved and painted wood cat created in the second half of the 20th century but reminiscent of ancient Egyptian art. 18.6 inches tall.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013