Charles Warren Eaton, Forest Edge, 1904, oil on canvas, 30 × 28 inches, Saginaw Museum
Philip Koch blogs about happening upon works by Tonalist painter Charles Warren Eaton and finding a shared compositional energy between Eaton's work and that of Franz Kline.
Koch recalls: "...seeing Eaton paintings for the first time. I spied them from a distance and was struck by the simplicity of their basic composition. From across the room the 'big, bold, and simple' energy I'd once found in Franz Kline all but shouted to me. Sure, when one came closer you could see the way Eaton was a very different painter. He wanted not just the energetic flat design but a deep space and a palpable colored atmosphere too."
Maureen Mullarkey reviews In the Tonalist Mood: Paintings from the 1860s to the Present. The exhibition presents works by classic tonalist painters such as Kenyon Cox, Arthur Wesley Dow and John La Farge, as well as a host of rarely seen painters. Mullarkey writes: "You cannot leave this exhibition without wanting to see more... It is precisely the unselfconscious beauty and pictorial intelligence of these more under-recognized painters that makes the exhibition revelatory."
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.