Arthur Streeton, the painter who was instrumental in changing the direction of painting in Australia in the late nineteenth century. From outdated European conventions came visions of a modern Australia.
One of his studies for a larger work Classic Romance. Beautifully composed. Streeton was a romantic. He had class and the true sensibility of an artist.
His beautiful heartfelt description of his future wife in a letter to an old friend, 22 June, 1899, Chelsea, London:
She’s well read in all poetry - can draw in the most original way - intimate with Watts …she’s wise (advises me as you often used to - to spur me into energy & better things) and damme she has the loveliest eyes possible & the most delightful rosy flush through her fresh cheeks - Ah! I get absolutely drowsy and faint with her sweet attraction then she is near - …
Theodore Rousseau was born today many moons ago (202 to be precise). A pioneer of plein air painting and a central figure in the French Barbizon School.
He studied not only the seventeenth century Dutch landscape painters but also his contemporaries, John Constable and Richard Parkes Bonington.
What a beauty this is. Twilight Landscape.
Interview with Matisse by art historian and writer Pierre Courthion, 1931
Setting the scene:
Matisse thinks slowly before speaking, and expresses himself with a striking precision. He has blue eyes, agate-coloured, curiously attentive behind his tortoise-shell glasses. Dressed in sports clothes, his greying hair brushed back carelessly, he is seated in front of me with his legs crossed but his back very straight. He surrounds himself only with things that are necessary to him, putting out of his way everything that could distract him.
Words from Matisse:
There are so many things in art, beginning with art itself, that one doesn’t understand. A painter doesn’t see everything that he has put in his painting. It is other people who find these treasures in it, one by one, and the richer a painting is in surprises of this sort, in treasures, the greater its author.
A true and accurate sentiment. We all seek the treasures within a painting, wanting to take away a thought, a feeling, an emotion. We want to be moved, to feel, to discovery something new.
The power of art. Or more accurately, the power of a great author of painting.