Ivan Pokhitonov

Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov, Ukrainian landscape painter
Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov, Russian landscape painter

Active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ivan Pavlovitch Pokhitonov was a Russian/Ukrainian painter who spent the greater part of his career living and working in France and Belgium.

Though he also painted portraits and still life, he is noted for his landscapes. Influenced by the French and Belgian painters around him, Pokhitonov’s landscapes took on qualities that had critics referring to him as the “Russian Barbizon painter”.

Aside from some classes in drawing and watercolor during studies of other subjects at Odessa University, and a stint working for French Symbolist painter Eugène Carriè, Pokhitonov was largely self-taught.

Most remarkable, perhaps, after seeing reproductions of Pokhitonov’s paintings, is the realization that they are essentially miniatures. Rather than being 30 x 40 inches or larger, as I might have assumed, it appears that most of them are in the range of 6 x 10 inches (15 x 25 cm).

Pokhitonov worked on his small paintings with unorthodox tools, reportedly using magnifiers, scalpels, fishbones and other objects to enable small marks and textural effects. A number of his works are “cinematic” in aspect ratio, and many feature prominent horizons that might threaten to divide the canvas in two vertically, but are always kept in check in the context of his artfully balanced compositions.

Many of his contemporaries were impressed with his naturalism and painting skill, some even referring to him as a “sorcerer” or “magician”.

Russian great Ilya Repin, after slogging disappointedly through the 1894 Paris Salon, remarked that his only pleasure after “all this torture and wandering through endless exhibition rooms was the opportunity to have a rest in front of the miniature gems of our I.P. Pokhitonov”.

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin

Thomas Mostyn

Thomas Edwin Mostyn, 19th and 20th century paintings, idyllic gardens

Thomas Edwin Mostyn, 19th and 20th century paintings, idyllic gardens

Thomas Edwin Mostyn was a British painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Though he also painted portraits, figures and landscapes of specific locations, he is known primarily for his invented landscapes of idyllic gardens.

These were often painted with high chroma passages, broken color and short brush stokes in the Impressionist manner.

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin

Brent Lynch

Brent Lynch, plein air and studio painting

Brent Lynch, plein air and studio painting

Brent Lynch is a Canadian artist who transitioned from a successful 20 year plus career in illustration to the full time pursuit of gallery art and plein air painting.

To my eye, Lynch’s paintings are often focused on the interplay of warm and cool colors — intense blues and greens in dynamic balance with deep, rich red-oranges.

Lynch also plays with balance in his strongly geometric compositions, frequently pushing the effective horizon well above or below the top or bottom third of the canvas.

I particularly enjoy his marvelous depictions of water and reflections.

There is an interview with Lynch on the website of the Ida Victoria gallery.

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin

Eye Candy for Today: William Lathrop etching

An Evening Walk, William Langson Lathrop, etching and drypoint

An Evening Walk, William Langson Lathrop, etching and drypoint

An Evening Walk, William Langson Lathrop

Etching and drypoint, roughly 18 x 15 inches (45 x37 cm), in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC, which has both zoomable and downloadable images. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project.

Lathrop was one of the group of painters active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in and around New Hope, Pennsylvania, who are often collectively known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists.

Lathrop was also a printmaker, and here uses both etching and drypoint to capture the mood of a quiet evening amid trees.

I particularly admire the way he has used multi-directional hatching to both create the dark values and suggest the textural bark of the trees without actually trying to draw a bark pattern.

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin

Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings auction, July, 2019

Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings auction, July, 2019, Joaquin Sorolla

Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings auction, July, 2019,

I’ve mentioned in the past that high-end auction sites, like Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonham’s often have online auction previews that feature nice large images of museum quality artworks (as do their listings for past auctions.)

The upcoming 19th Century European Paintings auction at Sotheby’s for July 9, 2019 is a case in point, and features works by a number of notable artists.

(Images above: Joaquín Sorolla, Emilio Sánchez-Perrier, Gustav Adolf Mossa, Gustave Courbet, Jean-Léon Gérôme, William Koekkoek, Willem Bastiaan Tholen, Eugéne Galien-Laloue)

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin

James McIntosh Patrick

James McIntosh Patrick, Scottish landscape paintings

James McIntosh Patrick, Scottish landscape paintings

James McIntosh Patrick was a Scottish painter active through much of the 20th century. Though he started as an etcher, and also painted portraits, he is known primarily for his landscape paintings of the Scottish countryside, both in watercolor and oil.

His approach was often immediate and painterly but with rich textural detail and often with high chroma passages.

 
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin