Because of his friendship with the Norton family and knowledge of Shreveport, Kelly was almost as fascinated by snagboats as he was by steamboats. The best known of these snagboats was designed by Captain Henry Shreve and used to remove rafts, long blockages of wood and debris, from the Ohio, the upper Mississippi, and most notably, the Red River. Though these were the workhorses of the riverboats, Kelly imbues them with the same haunted beauty and poignant fate as his steamboats. Equally interesting is the scenery: Kelly's biographer Donald Bassatt points out that in the 1970s, ". . ....
Created by: Kelly, Felix
North Carolina's most recognized and successful living artist, Bob Timberlake didn't begin his career as an artist until a 1969 encounter with renowned neo-realist Andrew Wyeth convinced him to quit the family business and devote himself to painting at the age of 33. His very first show at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem sold out, as have most of his one-man shows ever since. The Norton is only one of many museums that have hosted solo exhibitions of his work. In a nod to his mentor, critics have often deemed him the "Andrew Wyeth of the South." ...
Created by: Timberlake, Bob
Many of Kellys works feature dimly seen figures who seem to be watching or waiting for the viewer from within the painting, like the mysterious woman at the heart of Snow in the Park. Despite the lovely snowy scene and the cheerful pink and lavender shades of the pavilion roof, there remains something ominous about her waiting posture, which suggests the evocative dream imagery of surrealists like Rene Magritte. Notice also the neo-classical elements Kelly has subtly inserted into the scene, such as the urn in the lower left and recurring arbors, further evidence of his love of architectural decorative...
Created by: Kelly, Felix
Though he was an immigrant who arrived in America at the age of 17, Thomas Cole (1779-1851) became the father of the first great American art movement, the Hudson River School. The Snow Squall demonstrates many of the tenets of the movement: an expansive landscape evoking the grandeur of God in the New Eden, the careful selection of particular perfected landscape elements like the blasted tree and the clifftop view, and the smoothly rendered depiction that eschewed painterly elements that would call attention to the artist rather than the scene.
Created by: Cole, Thomas
Accepted by the Famous Artists School at age 13, Loren D. Adams, Jr. rejected their correspondence courses when he discovered Norman Rockwell would not be training him, but kept their instructional books and taught himself to draw and paint while also studying the work of other artists. In his love of majestic scenes infused with rich color and ambient light designed for emotional impact, he was influenced by the Hudson River School artists, painting layer upon layer of color in a smooth brush technique that disguises the hand of the painter to focus attention on the subject.
Created by: Adams Jr., Loren D.
Sophie has a German bisque head with auburn hair and brown eyes. She wears a green evening suit that includes a metallic brocade jacket of old green and a green draped skirt. This is accompanied by a black velvet hat trimmed with yellow roses, gold ribbon, and black veiling. Throughout the 1880s, the bodice and upper portions of women's costumes continued to be ever more tight fitting to emphasize the silhouette, while the skirts became ever more elaborate in the rear, the bustle increasing in size and the back of the skirts at their most extended, or distended, depending on the outlook....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
As a student and teacher, James Peter Cost began a serious study of traditional techniques and composition and became a neo-realist. He is best known for his Pacific seascapes, which combine his love of art with his passion for sailing. His service with amphibious forces in the South Pacific during World War II was followed by a membership in the U.S. Coast Guard and championship sailing trophies in 1960 and 1962. This experiential knowledge of the sea and surf conditions on the California coast significantly added to the realism of his paintings. Point Joe was just a few yards away...
Created by: Cost, James Peter