I have been looking at a variety of artists who treat interiors as a genre – following on from the formal coursework research point 4 (where I just concentrated on Matisse). This personal research is to help me prepare for the next exercise and possibly also help with planning for my assignment two piece. I was going to try and do a detailed post about each individual artist below, but I think I may be running out of time, so I’ve put them in here for now, so that I at least have a point of reference to refer back to later.
This deceptively simple linear composition utilises colour to draw the viewer’s eye into the picture plane. The addition of clogs outside and inside the door threshold add visual interest. The larger clogs point to the vanishing point. It is also quite a clever trick to use the larger clogs further back in the painting and place the smaller ones closer to the viewer – this in fact breaks a rule of perspective, i.e. that objects become smaller as they grow further away from us. I love the thick paint application and glowing light in this work.
Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s work is so precise and filled with detail, his interior studies are fabulous. His art was classified in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ genre, which I think is a right shame as this label tends to imply that his work was a bit on the twee side. The colour palette he uses for Brita at the piano is exquisite and it is such a clever composition, we almost wish Brita would pop her head up over the music book and give us a smile. His work is filled with love.
I don’t know much about Vuillard, but I love this pastel painting for its abstract semi-Impressionistic style. He has used colour-toned paper for this pastel work, which shows such lively marks and just the hint of gesture when it comes to adding light to a scene – the white lines on the door and wall-paper, the gold-orange around the woman and child. Perspective is so well achieved with the minimal amount of fuss or artifice.
I am currently doing separate research on the work of Pierre Bonnard. This charming study features a secondary portrait of someone on the bed (possibly his wife). It looks like early morning. It is a wonderful colour study and also features unusual perspective – your eye is drawn to the corner of the room behind the dresser, then to the window reflection onthe right and back to the person on the bed.
I am also doing some separate research on the work of Matthias Weischer, who concentrates on producing interiors that are unlike most I’ve seen anywhere else. I don’t know if I will have time to finish this research but I’d like to try and understand more of his work, he was recommended by my tutor.