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June 2014


Summer!

Backyard, Summer, c. 1871-1879. Winslow Homer (1836-1910). Watercolor and pencil on paper, 6.63 x 11.25 in. (16.83 x 28.58 cm). Private collection.


Winslow Homer

Our Facebook page recently linked to the following images on the Homer Facebook page: Orange Tree, Nassau, 1885, and Mountain Climber Resting, 1869.

(You do not have to be a Facebook member to view these or other Facebook posts we cite. Look for the signature "A" logo for comments by Aristos Co-Editor Louis Torres. As always, other comments are also of interest.)

Bio and other paintings: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikipedia.


Remembering D-Day

* First Aid Station on the Beach, June 1944. Combat artist Mitchell Jamieson. Watercolor. (This image was our June 6 Facebook post in honor of those who fought for freedom in the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944.) Read about this and many other battlefront paintings here.

Editors' note: We visited Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and other D-Day sites in September 2012. It was one of the most moving experiences of our lives.


Exhibition

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, National Gallery of Art (through November 30). An exhibition featuring Wind from the Sea (1947) and other paintings of windows. Highly recommended.

A Caveat: Reporting that Wyeth "repeatedly described himself as an abstract painter," the National Gallery falsely claims that he was "as concerned with formal abstraction . . . as were his contemporaries" (in other words, actual abstract painters). Yet it further notes that he "employed abstract pictorial devices--including the window grid-- to help distill [his] compositions to their core emotion." Unlike Wyeth, however, abstract painters do not use "pictorial devices," because they do not paint pictures--that is, visual representations of things.

The Museum of Modern Art (which ought to know) defines abstraction as "the process of creating art that is not representational or based on external reality or nature." The National Gallery simply ignores this fundamental distinction.


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