He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Picturing Summer, a Solstice Celebration on Tor.com

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:32 pm

Picturing Summer, a Solstice Celebration on Tor.com: Joaquin Sorolla, N.C. Wyeth, James Gurney, J. C. Leyendecker, Winslow Homer, Michael Whelan, William Merritt Chase, Alfons Mucha, N. C. Wyeth
Following up on her terrific previous posts of Picturing Winter, a Solstice Celebration and Picturing Spring, an Equinox Celebration, Irene Gallo has once again invited an array of artists and art directors to give her their suggestions for favorite seasonal images, this time for Picturing Summer, a Solstice Celebration.

As in those previous posts, the result is a wonderful variety of styles and approaches from a number of contemporary and historic illustrators and other artists.

I was again delighted to be invited to participate; my suggestions were two of Alfons Mucha’s “Summer” posters from two of his series of “The Seasons” (images above second from bottom), and N.C Wyeth’s “Herons in Summer” (above, bottom). These were also suggested by Tristan Elwell and John Jude Palencar, respectively.

As before, I’ll recommend that you not only follow up on researching work by artists of interest featured in the post, but also click on the links to the sites and blogs of the artists who contributed suggestions, may of whom you can also find represented in the Tor.com gallery.

This is such a cornucopia of art and talent that I’ll give it a Time Sink Warning.

Pour yourself an iced tea, slip into a hammock in the shade with your iPad and enjoy.

(Images above: Joaquin Sorolla, N.C. Wyeth, James Gurney, J. C. Leyendecker, Winslow Homer, Michael Whelan, William Merritt Chase, Bernie Fuchs, Alfons Mucha, N. C. Wyeth)

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  1. Comment by Addie Hirschten
    Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    And this is a cornucopia of paintings.. such variety and yet they all convey summer. lovely.

  2. Comment by TimM
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    Thanks for pointing this out, lots of great art there. Two favs of mine that feel summer are
    Havepartie med Marie Kroyer by Peder Severin Kroyer (the one with the white roses) and
    Betty Newell by Charles Courtney Curran (on the Met website)

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Thanks, TIm. Wonderful choices.

    For the benefit of other readers, here is the Kroyer and here’s the Curran, which I think will be today’s Eye Candy (grin).

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