Moss writes: "Wood’s style was mature and lyrical and managed to subtly reference the innovations of Paris whilst reflecting some of the key landscape innovations taking root in his native country." Moss continues noting that Wood "fell under the spell of Alfred Wallis who he famously met on a fateful trip to St Ives with Ben Nicholson in 1928. From Wallis he absorbed a primitivism that seemed to suit his vibrantly rugged approach and an almost naïve method of painting figures within the landscapes that were to become a constant within his work – particularly the much admired coastal landscapes he painted in Brittany towards the end of his short life."
Thoughts on connections between the paintings of Amy Lincoln and works by Henri Rousseau:
"There are some striking formal parallels between [Lincoln's] and Rousseau’s work. The luscious plants bursting with color (Lincoln’s more so) and elegantly oscillating between flatness and roundness... Every single leaf that we see in 'Spring Trees with Rain' has been modeled and shaped to stand out on its own, ripe with volume and heightened plasticity. Her surfaces are covered in individual marks that assume various objects: blades of grass, leafs, rain drops. Maybe I should take back what I said in the beginning when I called her work 'reductive.' In Lincoln’s and to the same degree in Rousseau’s paintings, it is not so much a reduction of the visible world that fascinates me; it is its compression into a more comprehensible form. In other words: when thin layers of paint finally thicken into the objects they describe."
Altoon Sultan blogs about American paintings in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Sultan writes: "There is a strain in American painting that takes its essential character from the primitive, from a desire to grasp hold of things, to make them present and tangible. It's a reality that goes beyond the visual to the tactile... [I] was riveted by the colonial era artist John Durand's portrait. The color harmonies were beautiful, but it was the clarity of form that particularly interested me."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.