By Merry A. Foresta
Tucked away one of the letters, diaries, and different ephemera within the Smithsonian's information lies a trove of hardly ever noticeable snapshots of a few of the 20 th century's such a lot celebrated artists. not like the known legit photos and genius-at-work pictures, those humble snaps seize artistic giants with their defend down, within the second, residing existence.
Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with younger daughter Maya—a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned via an unknown hand broadcasts that "he's a great deal in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey whereas his mom, Stella, and spouse, Lee Krasner, glance on. a tender Andy Warhol clowns for the digital camera with university pal Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot extra heavily resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery beginning with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
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George Ault Papers, 1892 – 1980 28 — 1911 — Walt Kuhn painting outdoors in Ogunquit, Maine Walt Kuhn, Kuhn Fa mily Papers a nd Armory Show R ecords, 1859 – 1978 29 I n 1932 Grant Wood (1891–1942), Edward Beatty Rowan (1898– 1946), and Adrian Dornbush (1900–1970) founded the Stone City Art Colony near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With little more than a hundred dollars they leased ten acres of land, which included buildings for sculpture and painting studios. For living quarters, the camp boasted wooden icehouse wagons, many of which were imaginatively decorated by the artists.
T he majority of snapshots worth saving combine good intentions and good luck with engaging subjects. Most of the time, we can never know exactly what occasioned their making. The unguarded moments snapshots reveal of artists at work in their studios, outdoors at their easels, or teaching give us behind-the-scenes glimpses of the artistic activity that some may call work and others play; in the best instances, snapshots tell us something about both the artist and the art. 1920 — George Ault painting outdoors George Ault (1891 – 1948) was an American painter whose style was shaped by his interest in a curious mix of the avant-garde, realism, and folk art.
1840 – 1993 56 — ca. 1935 — Rockwell Kent standing on his head Rock well K ent Papers, ca. 1840 – 1993 57 S ocial, engaging, and extroverted, Prentiss Taylor (1907–91) was a lithographer, painter, and teacher. He studied painting with Charles W. Hawthorne at his Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but his talents were mostly realized as a printmaker. By the mid-1920s, the time period covered by Taylor’s snapshot albums, the “oldest and most picturesque hamlet on the New England Coast” (as Provincetown was described by Hawthorne’s school brochure) had become a magnet for young artists, writers, and musicians, some coming for the summer season, others moving to the Cape permanently.
Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Merry A. Foresta