Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mid-century California watercolors

There is a genre of art worth mentioning--- watercolors depicting scenes of everyday life in the cities and suburbs of California, during the mid-part of the twentieth century. They were considered an important part of the Regionalist movement that swept across the United States at that time. I love the way we can now get a glimpse of what life and the landscape looked like years ago, before California became so populated.

A favorite artist at that time was George Post (1906-1997), born in Oakland, CA. His style was modern enough to be exhibited in the progressive art shows and representational enough to be included in more conservative ones. Although his work looks deceptively simple, it's masterfully composed, spontaneously painted, and has a creative use of shadow and light  ~  capturing the feeling offered by the subject, rather than a realistic picture of the scene. Images included are: Patio at Carmel Mission, San Mateo Street, and Carmel Coast.
 Reasonably priced giclée (pronounced "jhee-clay") prints and even original paintings can be found at californiawatercolor.com

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