When I was a student (and ever since) there were certain painters who really influenced the way I looked at my work. Amongst them (and probably the most important) were Matisse, Derain, Schmidt-Rottluff, the early works of Van Dongen, Duncan Grant, and Augustus John.
This doesn't mean that visually my work is in any way similar to that of the above-mentioned; the influence is to do with my attitude towards the whole 'idea' of painting. Why we do it, what it's for, how we look at it, etc.
The portrait of 'Robin' (above) by Augustus John, is what I would call a 'good' painting. It has all the elements of knowledge, talent, ability, and a poignant sense of aesthetics; concentrated into an ease with which John manipulated his materials. He had mastery over his application, he was a brilliant draughstman, and he exhibited a freedom in his work that only 'genius' can let loose.
Between 1910 and 1928 John lived in the south of France. Later, back in his native Wales, he also travelled Gypsy style in a horse drawn wagon, complete with his wife Ida, his mistress Dorelia, and his children from both women. Regular readers will know that, by chance, both France and Gypsies are a particular interest of mine.
If I had just a fraction of his talent, I would be a very happy man.
Somewhat off the point, Cro, but A.J.'s grand daughter lived here in Bath for a while when she went to art school. I think I am right in saying that she is the naked, pre-pubescent girl holding a model airplane on that famous album cover (forgotten the title and even the band).ReplyDelete
Those were the days, when a male artist assumed it was his right to be as eccentric and promiscuous as he wished...
That's probably The Stones album. I remember it.ReplyDelete
AJ's famous chat-up line was 'I'd love to knock a baby out of you'. You can see why women fell for him! The old charmer!
That sounds like the Australian line, ending in: "Mind lying down while I have one?"ReplyDelete
Thanks for the intro to Augustus John, Cro. The piece you've featured is amazing. Now I'm off to play in google...ReplyDelete
That cover was 'Blind Faith', Cro - I just looked it up.ReplyDelete
Yes, of course it was; old age! I wonder what she thinks of it now? I also wonder why she posed for it in the first place?ReplyDelete
I've seen that beret before. So that's where you get your fashion tips!ReplyDelete
Dorelia, and his children from both women. Regular readers will know that, by chance, both France and Gypsies are a particular interest of mine. pharmacy .ReplyDelete