Posts Tagged ‘Granville Redmond’

Artist of the moment………Charles Warren Eaton

 

Charles Warren Eaton was an American painter who worked in a tonalist style. Charles Warren Eaton was born in Albany, New York in the year 1857. Eaton was renown for his landscapes and for his depictions of eastern white pine trees.

His family was not well off financially and young Charles began working at the age of nine.

A friend took a painting class and this inspired Charles Warren Eaton to become a painter. He moved to New York City at the age of twenty two and would attend the Art Student’s League and also the National Academy of Design.

Eaton worked in oils and was also a master painter of watercolor and produced a small number of lithographs and pastel works. He was an original member of the American Watercolor Society.

The artist’s career ended quietly and with few sales due to the economic tough times in America which included the Great Depression.

Charles Warren Eaton passed away in 1937.

Below we view a painting by Eaton that get’s an appraisal on the Antique’s Roadshow:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200905A27.html

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $100,000.

If you enjoy tonalist paintings check out my posts on artists Granville Redmond and Russell Chatham.

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Artist of the moment……Pierre Bittar….

A montage of some of the artist’s work of Cote D’Azure, France.

Pierre Bittar was born in France in the year  1934. His father was a musician.  His mother came from a ruling family called the House of Savoy that ruled Italy for nearly a century.  Pierre Bittar is known for painting landscapes both of the United States and Europe. I enjoy his use of flowers in his landscapes.

Bittar wanted to be an artist from a very young age, five years old! His parents encouraged his love and pursuit of art as a career. From the age of six until the age of eighteen Bittar visited as many museums and saw and studied paintings by masters and his two favorite were Rembrandt and Monet were his two favorite artists.

Composition wise his art reminds me of Bob Pejman. Pejman is known for painting awesome harbor scenes. Here is a great example of Bob Pejman’s style of art.

In 1953 the artist’s dad passes away. He CANNOT WORK and quits his studies. After a short break he finds some evening painting classes to attend at the Academie Leonardo Da Vinci.  In order to pay the bills Bittar takes a job with NCR, a processing company.

1956 he finished his studies and begins to make wonderful portraits of friends and family as landscapes.

1979 wins a Gold Medal Award at the Salon des Artiste Francais, Grand Palais.

In 1980 he quit the data processing company and became a full time painter.

In 1986 a book was made of the artists works.

Since 1992 has ran his own gallery located in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

A link for the the artist’s own website:  http://www.pierrebittar.com/about-bittar.html#biography

With his fantastic Impressionistic style the artist reminds me of master California Impressionist painter Granville Redmond. Redmond was born a few years before the great San Francisco earthquake of 1904. Whilst still a child the earthquake caused him to go deaf. He went on to become one of the best California Impressionists and even appeared on film with the great silent film moviestar Charlie Chaplin.

Below is a wonderful example of Redmond’s Impressionistic style.

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In this clip we see Granville Redmond appear on screen with Charlie Chaplin.

In this clip a short interview with Pierre Bittar.

Price range information: Bittar works in oils for the most part with prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Bittar does a wonderful job at painting garden scenes also. Mixing great crimsons, mauves, and purples in these works the artist shoes off his color and design skills.

Artist of the moment….Granville Redmond…

The artist was born Granville Seymour Redmond  in March of 1871 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . I find this artist to be one of the most inspirational forces out there. An artist who was also great at acting and counted Charile Chaplin as a friend. Redmond even appeared in silent movies alongside Chaplin. Chaplin learend a great deal about mime work from Redmond.

Redmond appeared in many films directed by Chaplin. Such as City Lights, You’d Be Surprised, A Woman of Paris, The Idle Class, The Kid, Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, and A Dogs Life (A clip from this movie is in the video section above)

Redmond was born able to hear but slightly before turning three years of age he contracted Scarlett Fever. As a result he was unable to hear the rest of his life, but he didn’t let being deaf get in the way of being a successful artist working in movies as well as painting and drawing. Chaplin not only got acting jobs for Redmond but also made him a painting studio on one  of the film lots.

The artist’s family moved out west to so that he could attend a special elementary and high school that was made for deaf students.  After graduating he went to the San Francisco School of Design. He won an award and as a result he was able to study in Paris, France at the Julien Academy. He is known as one of the great California Impressionist Painters.

On line and land based galleries: Karges Fine Art in Carmel, California.   http://store.kargesfineartgallery.com/granville-redmond-biography.html

A short clip from a gallery in Carmel. The director of the movie talks about a variety of artists from the area.

A clip from the movie A Dog’s Life starring Charlie Chaplin. Redmond acted alongside Chaplin in this movie.

He was married in 1898 to a former student of a deaf college in Illinois. The couple had three children together.

The artist passed away in 1935.

low price range: Pencil and chalk work on paper for a few thousand dollars.

high price range: $517,000 For a tonalist landscape painting of California titled “California Landscape with Oaks, Poppie, and Lupine.

Including in museum collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Irvine Museum.

A link to the artist’s website:  http://www.granvilleredmond.com/

This artist is just great to read about when you are upset because you just can’t get something right. A great example of an artist who overcame deafness and acted in silent movies. The man helped Charlie Chaplin master his craft!  His use of color and tone was remarkable.  Also interesting is his lively brush work with a wide variety of strokes and a weaving of paint similar to Van Gogh’s landscapes in style but not thickness of paint.

Happy painting!

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