Above is an Emile Gruppe. I posted a Gruppe the other night, I ran into this painting while I was looking for that. This is an exciting loose painting that compels you up through its center in a rythmical chimney of pointing lines and shapes perspecting upwards. The eaves of the red shack are a big arrow, also pointing the same direction.
I am not always fond of paintings this loose, and I don't want to make paintings like it, I do like this one. I have always liked Gruppe's work in reproduction more than in the flesh. Shrinking them down tightens them up a bit. I am very fond of Anthony Thieme's paintings. He did the same sort of thing, at the same time a few miles away in Rockport or traveling about the Americas. He had a little more finish, although they must sometimes have been painted with a house painters brush.
There is a book on Thieme available from the Rockport Art Association in Rockport Mass. I guess I am getting ahead of myself tonight. I promised you I would continue with the history of American landscape painting, and I will soon. I guess this is a preview of coming attractions, ultimately I will show the regional art of my grandfathers generation. These guys died off in the 60's and 70's.
One advantage of painting really loose is that you can do designs that don't seem to survive a tightening" of the painting. Painters who work really loose make lot of starts. Starts are the part of the painting where the image is designed. Since loose painters make lots of starts, they often get very good at design.
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