Fritz Baumgarten

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten was a German children’s book illustrator active in the early to mid part of the 20th century.

He illustrated numerous books, primarily in Germany, working in a nicely finessed combination of ink and watercolor.

Baumgarten had a knack for blending the commonplace with the fantastic, putting his elf-like characters and anthropomorphized creatures into scenes of activities that might otherwise seem quite ordinary.

Many of his portrayals of the forest floor are nicely naturalistic.

I haven’t been able to find many sources for his images, but I’ve included links to a few, below. I’ll also provide a link to a Google image search, with the size filter set to “large”, and some books available on Amazon (most appear to be German language editions).

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Joaquim Vancells, “February”

February, Joaquim Vancells, landscape painting

February, Joaquim Vancells, landscape painting, details

February, Joaquim Vancells

Oil on canvas, roughly 40 x 60 inches (104 x 155 cm)

Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Catalonian painter Joaquim Vancells invites us into a quiet forest landscape in the heart of winter. I like the way the details of sticks, leaves and undergrowth ground us in the environment, while the meandering path in center invites us farther into the misty depths of the woodland.

 
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Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb, plein air landscape painting

Skip Whitcomb, plein air landscape painting

Colorado painter Skip Whitcomb was trained in figure study and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, but when he turned his attention to painting full time, he found his inspiration in landscape.

His paintings revel in the light and textures of the visual world, rendered in both oil and pastel. Shadows and reflections often play a key role in his compositions, as to repeated elements and the contrasts between strong and muted value relationships.

I particularly enjoy his scenes of water, both moving and still.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Paul Sandby gouache nocturne

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, gouache on paper by Paul Sandby

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, gouache on paper by Paul Sandby (details)

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, Paul Sandby

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Royal Collection Trust.

Gouache on paper, roughly 12 x 18 inches (31 x 46 cm).

The Google Art Project page has some interesting background on the painting.

 
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Frank C. Pape

Frank C. Pape classic illustration

Frank C. Pape classic illustration

Frank Cheyne Papé was an English illustrator active in the early 20th century. He worked in both monochrome and color. His style varied from naturalistic to fantastic to comic, and he sometimes mixed those approaches within a series of illustrations for a single volume.

Papé is not as well known as many of his contemporaries who worked in the latter part of the time known as the “golden age” of illustration, and little is known of his life.

There are some resources online for his work, and there are reprints of books he illustrated currently in print as well as available from used book sources.

The best bio I can find is the one by Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr. on his JVJ Publishing resource about illustrators.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Constable graphite drawing

View of Cat Hanger, John Constable landscape pencil drawing

View of Cat Hanger, John Constable landscape pencil drawing

View of Cat Hanger, John Constable

Graphite on paper, roughly 8 x 14″ (20 x35 cm), in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.

Drawn on two sheets of a sketchbook, this scene is of a farm on an estate in West Sussex, England. Constable’s nuanced command of tones and delicate indications of clouds and textures makes the drawing feel remarkably complete.

 
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