"Table Still Life with Bird" ~ John Graham, 1929.
Oil on canvas, 81 x 99 cms.
John D. Graham (1886–1961) was a Ukrainian-born American Modernist / figurative painter. He was born Ivan Gratianovitch Dombrowsky in Kiev, Ukraine.
Graham attended law school and served in the Circassian Regiment of the Russian army, earned the Saint George’s Cross during World War I, and was imprisoned as a counterrevolutionary by the Bolsheviks after the assassination of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. He fled for a time to his mother’s native Poland. In 1920, he emigrated with his second wife, Vera and their son, Nicholas to the United States. He began calling himself John and had his name officially changed to John Graham upon becoming a US citizen in 1927.
Along with Stuart Davis and Hans Hofmann Graham is considered as a mentor figure for the Abstract expressionist generation of American painters and sculptors. In particular he was a notable influence on Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, David Smith, Dorothy Dehner, and Mark Rothko. He claimed to have befriended Pablo Picasso and many other important European modernists in Paris and in Russia and often entertained and lectured the younger Americans in New York City about modernist ideas, often being the bearer of radical new insights into art and creativity. He was the author of System and Dialectics of Art, (1937), an enormously influential text during the 1940s, on art, modernism and the avant-garde. He died in London in 1961. ~ Wiki.
"Still life with fish" ~ Viktor Planckh, 1928.
(Austrian, 1904-1941), Oil on canvas, 46 x 55.5 cm.
"Still Life with Lemons" ~ Ivar Morsing.
Hans Gustaf Ivar Morsing was born in 1919 (d.2009) in Ängelholm, Sweden. He was the son of the artist Leopold Morsing (1887-1971) and Edith Johansson. The family moved to Stockholm in 1923. Morsing first studied art at the summer schools held by Swedish designer and artist Edvin Ollers (1888-1959). At the outbreak of war in 1939, Morsing was conscripted into the Swedish army, but as Sweden’s neutrality developed he was one of the first students to attended Gösta and Irma Bergh’s Technical School of Advertising (which later became Berghs School) between 1940-1941 were he studied decorative arts, design, life drawing, and illustration.
"The Eggs" ~ Cedric Morris, 1944.
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt. (1889–1982) was a Welsh painter and horticulturist. He was a self-taught painter but attended the académies libres in Paris as a young man. He was a member of the art communities of Newlyn in Cornwall (1919–20), Paris (1921–6) and London (1926–39). Although he had experimented with abstraction c.1922, he resigned from the society when it moved away from representation. Between 1937 and c.1975 Morris and Lett-Haines directed the distinctly non-academic East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing; in 1940 the school was moved to Morris’s home at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk, where he also cultivated a garden and bred irises.
"Still-life" ~ Earl Horter, 1939.
Earl Horter (1881-1940) was an illustrator and an etcher who concentrated on urban scenes. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators. Exhibition listings begin with the famous Pan-American Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco and continue up until his death at such places as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and at the Corcoran Gallery biennials from 1935 to 1939.
He is better known in the art world today for the exciting collection of modern art that he amassed during his lifetime. A large portion of it was dispersed during his lifetime to meet financial needs but was reassembled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1999.
Still-life by Andre Derain, 1927/8.
Pears, Peaches and Grapes
"Seven Green Apples" ~ Douglas Portway, 1991.
Douglas Portway was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1922. He held his first solo exhibition in 1945, and became the first South African to be awarded a travel grant from the Institute of International Education, which he used to visit the USA in 1952.
In 1956 he was asked to take part in the Venice Biennale of that year and shortly thereafter he left South Africa permanently and moved to Europe, living and working on the Spanish island of Ibiza from 1959 until the mid sixties. As his reputation in Europe grew, he had solo exhibitions at the Drian Gallery in London, and also in Paris, Ibiza and his native South Africa.
In 1972 he left Ibiza for a more temperate climate and moved to a house and studio in St. Ives, Cornwall, spending part of each year painting in France before moving there to live and work during the 1980s.
The critic James Burr wrote of Portway’s work and technique… “A highly sensitive appreciation of the evocative power of delicate surface fluctuations, which can gently charm one with his pictures…the softness of his restrained colour is occasionally punctuated by a distinct shape that is placed with deft Oriental simplicity. These forms appear to float mysteriously like signs looming out of a mist, and they belong to a personal symbolic iconography that is always quietly beguiling.”