|Berliner Straße im Sonnenschein (1920s) – Lesser Ury
I wish I knew ways to find paintings and artists that I loved – other than looking around the same old art galleries in London. Some bloggers (notably Mary and Jane) seem often to attend wonderful exhibitions or highlight the work of a great local artist. I respond to paintings much more emotionally and vividly than I do to music, and yet my knowledge of art is so slight. And it doesn’t help that this strong response is really only for 19th and 20th century art, particularly interwar; I’ve yet to find anything older that which I really love.
|Interior, The Orange Blind (c.1928) – Francis Cadell
I think one of the issues is that my deepest affinities, with paintings as with books, are for the middlebrow – the domestic and the rural. And, as with literature, these are not fanfared as much as other varieties of art – and it’s quite likely that I shall respond most strongly to artists who are not technically the most proficient or most significant. It really is the same as my love for middlebrow literature – but with novels, I know what I’m doing and I know where to look. With paintings, I just meander around a Google image search, filled with hope… it’s taken me about half an hour to stumble upon these three paintings, all of which I really like.
|Korhinta (1931) – Vilmos Aba-Novak
So I’d love some suggestions of artists to investigate, galleries to visit, and exhibitions to attend. I believe in you, my readers! And let me know what you think of these paintings I’ve unearthed. I have literally no idea whether they are world-famous or done in someone’s loft. Perhaps that is a nicely democratic way of enjoying paintings… but I’ve done it for long enough now. Help!