Eye Candy for Today: Mucha’s Autumn

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art
Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha; color lithograph, roughly 40 x 21 inches (103 x 54cm)

Image sourced from here; direct link here; info here.

This is one of the panels from Mucha’s first and perhaps most successful series of decorative panels, The Seasons, which he created in 1896. This and Summer are my favorites from the series.

I love the way he has counterbalanced the complementary reds and blue-greens throughout the composition, and set them off with muted versions in the background.

 
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Charles Edward Hallé

Charles Edward Halle
Charles Edward Halle

Charles Edward Hallé was an English painter who studied in both England and France. He painted portraits, genre scenes and history scenes and was influenced by Neo-Classicism, Venetian art and the British Pre-Raphaelites.

I haven’t found a great deal of work by Hallé on the web, but there is enough to be of interest.

 
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Mildred Anne Butler

Mildred Anne Butler, Irish watercolorist
Mildred Anne Butler, Irish watercolorist
Though she frequently traveled to England and the continent — and studied in Paris — Irish watercolorist Mildred Anne Butler primarily painted en plein air in the area around her home in Kilmurry.

Butler was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolor Society.

She painted landscapes that were often populated with ravens, cows and other animals. To me, some of her work has a dreamy storybook feeling.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow river scene in France

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting
Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas; roughly 29 x 36 inches (73 x 92 cm); in the collection fo the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, which has a zoomable and downloadable version of the image.

Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow has long been one of my favorite landscape painters. He was an absolute master of painting the flow of water through small streams and rivers.

Thaulow spent a good part of his career living and working in Paris, and many of his paintings are of rural areas in northern France.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Eugène Bléry etching

L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching
L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching (details)

L’arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugène Bléry, etching on chine collé, roughly 5×7″ (11 x 16 cm), in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC, which haas both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image.

A wonderful evocation of a deep forest scene, showing the effectiveness of just value and texture to convey mood and atmosphere. The images on the NGA site are actually much higher resolution than the detail crops I’ve provided above.

Chine collé refers to a technique in which a print is made on delicate or thin paper, supported by a thicker material during the printing process

 
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