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Re: Help! Artist background

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Thu, 24 Oct 1996 16:58:08 -0400


Evergood American (1901-
"Sunny side of the street" 1950 I have more coming I think, if I can
dig it up

La Tour (1593-1652)
First important French painter of the 17th century....specialized in
candle-light night scenes derived from Carravaggio. La Tour simlified all
forms to near-geometric abstraction so the light appeared to fall smoothly
without refraction. One critic said of La Tour, "A candle has conquered the
enormous night."
page 62, "The Annotated Mona Lisa" by Carol Strickland.

The hard edges and staccato perspective of "Figure 5 in Gold" have the
impact of the best poster art, and preserve at the same time the poetic
impact of Demuth's watercolors. The painting was dedicated to his friend,
American poet, William Carlos Williams, one of whose poems provided the
original poem:
Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.
Demuth was a part of a 1920s group of painters called "The Precisionists"
(others were: Charles Sheeler, G O'Keeffe) not just concerned with new
subject matter like the AshCan School but with new attitudes toward form.
They straddled the borderline between representation and abstraction. They
simplified forms to an extreme of spare geometry, using clean-edged
rectangles to indicate soaring skyscrapers and factories. (same source as La
Tour info above)