Posts Tagged ‘impressionism’

Artist of the moment….Jane Peterson….

  • Price range information:  Oils range from $20,000 to $130,000. She was most prolific in watercolors and gouache works that can be found between $4,00o to $60,000.
  • Jane Peterson was an American artist born in the year 1876 in the city of
    Elgin, Illinois. She loved to draw as a child. Despite having no formal art training Peterson
    was able to take and pass an aptitude exam for Pratt.For her collegiate studies Peterson attended the Pratt Institute in New York city.After college she visited Europe and studied with artists like Frank Brangwyn,
    A well respected painter of the landscape and also portraits who spent much of his career based out of London. Below is an example of Brangwyn’s work. He was a long tenured professor at the London School of Art.
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  • To support herself and pay for school Peterson sold works of her own and also
    gave lessons to fellow students.After finishing college the artist took a job as drawing supervisor of public schools.
  • Peterson also supported herself as a teacher in Massachusetts and Maryland.

On her many trips to Europe she was able to study with a large number of well known artists like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Charles Cottet, and the most influential was Joaquin Sorolla.

  • Peterson was a student and also a teacher at the Art Students League of New York city. She taught watercolors at the League from 1913 until 1919. She became quite gifted with watermedia and enjoyed using gouache for some of her plein air works. Peterson was introduced to the well known designer Louis Comfort Tiffany and was taken to his estate at Oyster Bay, Long Island. It was here she fell in love with painting gardens. Tiffany had the most exquisite gardens she had seen in a long while, and this gave her the idea to use gouache rather than oils for her quick garden sketches. They are remarkable for their quality and “freshness.”

In 1925 Peterson was married to an attorney. The couple moved into a five story house right across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The couple added a sixth floor that was used as her studio.

Her husband passed away in 1929, but this didn’t stop her from travelling the globe. She would winter in Florida and then spend the other seasons in Europe and New York. She was very adventurous and this regard reminds me of the great Georgia OKeefe, both were fiercely independent and didn’t mind travelling alone. OKeefe even taught herself to drive a car!

After her husband passed away she was able to study with a more modern painter that helped bring more color to her floral works, Andres Lhote. Lhote was a French painter very modern in his approach with a very colorful and bright palette. Here is an example of Lhote’s work.


Jane Peterson passed away in 1965 at the age of 89 years old. She had developed arthritis so this prevented her from painting as much as she would have liked, but she still managed to paint until her death. 

  • Peterson is included in the collection of the Met in New York city, the
    Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Art.

I feel Peterson is not given the recognition, as many women of her time period, not only due to the fact that they were female in a male dominated game. This was also due to the fact that she discovered and participated in many art movements over her career. Her style was a great mixture of color combined with a high level of draughtsmanship. Very inspiring indeed!

Of her many works I enjoy Peterson’s beach scenes the most.  Another artist painting lively beach scenes would be Sally Swatland. Swatland has painted many works featuring young children at play at the beach. Below is an example of her work.




Get out there and paint or draw!


Artist of the moment….Aleksander Titovets…

Price range information: Titovets works in oils with prices ranging from $3,000 to $14,000.

Alexsander Titovets was born in Siberia, Russia in 1960. As a reader you know I love reading about art families from the Wyeths to more recent posts such as the Saar or Frost families, lets take a look at this well known family of Russian painters, the Titovets. This post will be only Aleksander and the next post will be his wife Lyubov. Both are representational painters working in an impressionist style.

For his artistic education Aleksander attended the Saint Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. For me I can usually recognize those artists of the Russian way of painting for their color palette. Much of the composition is the same as here in the United States, but in snow scenes and or other landscapes they enjoy painting with spectacular blues and sometimes a cobalt/ turqoise mixture that just makes their landscapes jump out. A mixture of warm and cool greys and then BAM!  an explosion of color that gives a wonderful sense of color and impressionism.

The artist came to the United States along with his wife in 1992.

In this clip we hear about the beginning of Aleksander’s art career in “El Paso, Texas.

In his artistic statement Titovets explains like all artists he paints what he knows. I realize this can be frustrating as an artist, but eventually you will come up with your own style and some subjects or patterns that you love to paint. Like Warhol with his soup cans or Robert Indiana with his LOVE series you just have to explore and fine an artist who inspires you. For most artists the still life is quite boring to paint. But once you find an artist that has mastered composition and who has worked with a subject for many years and the artist can design a great picture in their head, as a viewer you can tell they have mastered the subject.

Hilo Chen painting the beach. Howard Terpning painting the American West. Wayne Thiebaud painting the still life. After many many paintings you too will find your favorite color palette and genre to paint.

Titovets made many sketches when he lived in Russia before emigrating to the United States. He uses old sketches or works from memory when painting the magical works that show his native land.

Titovits has been in many presitigious exhibitions including with the Oil Painters of America. If you every have the chance to see a show from the Oil Painters of America make sure and attend. You can see artists such as Jeff Legg, David Leffel, and Daniel E. Greene. When you see masterworks like these its very inspirational!

Included in many prominent collections including the Kind and Queen of Spain.

Has been in several national art magazines including American Art Collector, Art of the West, and Southwest Art magazine.

Comparing him to another artist I chose Joaquin Sorolla. Sorolla was known for his use of very thick impasto paint. I see this in the paint quaility of Titovets as well, on many occasions the paints looks fresh and wet! Below is a fantastic beach scene my Sorolla titled ” Monte Ulia.”

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Titovets received a great commission for Mrs. Laura Bush to paint her portrait. Titovets is from the same area of Texas where the ex-President’s family live. Below is the painting of Mrs. Bush and it was done for the National Portrait Gallery. What wonderful greys the artist uses!


I enjoy reading about these great Russian Impressionist painters and love the texture their heavy impasto strokes leave on the canvas.

Happy painting!


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:

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.


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….Edward Potthast….


The artist was best known for his marine paintings of people at leisure mainly taking place at the coastal areas of the eastern United States. He was a great Impressionist painter. Potthast was born in Cincinatti, Ohio in 1857.

In the gallery all paintings by Potthast except the last one painted by C.W. Mundy.

For his artistic education the artist was a student of many. His first mentor was Thomas Noble. Noble hated slavery, yet because he grew up in the south ended up fighting for the Confederate Army. Noble was best known for painting emotion and romance in his works. He lived on a large plantation in the south growing hemp and cotton, Noble saw firsthand the emotions and pitfalls of slavery.


One such painting depicted a fugitive slave mother who had just murdered her offspring rather than send them back to slavery. This painting was inspiration for Toni Morrison to pen the book “Beloved” which was the movie made famous by Oprah Winfrey being the producer and also a lead role.


In this clip, gallery owner Ira Spanierman talks about a work titled “The Shade,” painted by the artist Potthast.

Potthast was known for painting very bright sunny days at the beach with people enjoying themselves. In this clip take notice of his fantastic handling of painting water. The people sure seem happy and appear to be enjoying themselves immensely. Notice the wonderful lighting and the handling of complimentary colors in his coastal paintings.

Potthast worked in oils, ink, crayons, pastels, watercolor, pencil, and chalk.  His highest output was in oils and they range from $1,000 to $1.161 million dollars. Watercolors range from $1,000 to $20,000. Pencils also range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Works in crayon range from $10,000 to $30,000.

The artist reminds me of contemporary artist C.W. Mundy. Mundy has some DVDs out which are very helpful for the plein air painter. For his beach paintings Mundy tends to paint children that are at sea playing with small wooden boats. I would call them the “matchbox” cars or Cabbage Patch kids  of their time. Below is a great example of one of Mundy’s beach paintings.

Potthast  studied with an American expatriate living in Germany named Carl Von Marr. Marr lived in Europe most of his professional life and painted poorer people working the land.

Finally the artist studied with Fernand Cormon. Cormon was highly saught after in France for his paintings as a teacher.  As he was well received for his paintings in his school he helped artist to design and paint works that would be accepted into the Salon. Cormon’s most oustanding talent was painting the female figure.

From all of these great teachers who all achieved a great deal of success professionally, the artist was able to learn to paint a variety of subjects.  The artist was also well schooled in the art of printmaking. Until nearly forty years of age he earned his living as a lithographer.

Potthast passed away in 1927 at the age of seventy.

How about trying to place some figures in your next beach or harbor scene!

Keep painting!


Artist of the moment……Martha Walter…

A collection of works of the artist set to music. Breaking the one hundred year mark the artist was able to grow a tremendous amount during her career. After watching this clip you will marvel at the artist’s ability to capture emotions. Her mother and child portraits are filled with love and happiness equivalent to a Mary Cassatt painting of the same genre.

Martha Walter was born in 1875.  Walter grew up around Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Like the other woman artist I just wrote about Theresa Bernstein, Walter also studied under William Merritt Chase. She was able to earn many scholarships and awards due to her fine painting skills and travelled abroad to the Netherlands, France, and Spain.

Walter was a teacher at  the Chase New York  School of Art.

Walter concentrated on realism and Impressionism. She is included in such museum collections as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Institute. She painted mainly in oils and watercolor.

High price range:  An oil painting titled ,” Children with Japanese Parasols” sold for $194,000. Watercolor high price range is $7,000.

Low price range:  Smaller works sized close to 8 by 10 inches can be found for few thousand dollars.  Watercolors start between one and two thousand dollars.

Of my recent posts the artist reminds me a lot of Delia Brown. Brown is  a well known modern painter that has so much fun when she paints. On many occassions she includes herself and her friends in her paintings. The group of mainly ladies always seem to be having a good time!  She paints them in exclusive country clubs, Beverly Hills cocktail parties, and attracting men in pool halls. In the paintings by Martha Walter I get that same feeling of relaxation and happiness.  For that reason I enjoy her paintings of the beach scenes the best.  Her characters have a certainl liveliness and happiness quality to them. They seem to be enjoying the best leisure excursion at the time, GOING TO THE BEACH with the entire family!

The artist passed away in 1976 at the great age of 100 years old!  I am enjoying  reading about these artists who lived through so much. Not only the growth and globalization of the globe, but also the many phases of art that went in and out of style. From Impressionism, to Abstract Expressionism, to color field painting, to minimalization, and photo realism these artists that surpassed one hundred years on good old mother earth were not ashamed that their favorite style of art was Impressionism and Realism. Despite the fact that getting painting instruction was primarily male dominated, Walter and Bernstein were both ablet to learn from William Merritt Chase.

Happy painting!

Artist of the moment…..Anthony Klitz…..

The artist is my favorite for when it comes to capturing the essence of a city. He specialized in painting London, England. Its quite refreshing to see an Impressionistic style rather than the photorealism that seems to dominate the London landscape scene.

The artist was born in 1917 in Southport. He attended Cheltenham Art College for art and was also interested in architecture.

He worked mainly with oils on canvas and was very prolific as an artist.

For his Impressionistic style I found it interesting that he relied on very little colour, he used a very muted palette.  The residents of London say their city has a very particular pearl like lighting, which is captured perfectly by Klitz.

When it comes to landscapes and galleries or musuems, I find that people are most drawn to what they see or think they can see from across the room. The best aspect of Edward Hoppers work is that you can tell what the subject matter is from clear across the room. With this artist’s work I can tell from looking at the thumbnail what the subject matter is, for example Piccadily Circus. It easy for the image to connect to the viewer.

Other artists who work in a similar manner sometimes using only black and white in making their landscapes would be Robert Kipniss and Steve  Graber.

The artist took part in World War II. He served from 1939 to 1945. After the war he came to London in 1950.  The artist came to study under Australian artist Hayward Veal, it was during this time when he developed his own style of landscape painting.

Of all the landscapes I have seen of London the works by Anthony Klitz impress the most as they leave so much up to the viewer. He is the perfect balance of not saying too much, but rather just making a simple artistic statement.

Low price range:  Many oils available from a few hundred dollars.

High price range: Larger sized landscapes for $4,000.

The artist passed away in 2000 while in Dublin.


Artist of the moment….Landscape painter Anne Packard….


The artist specializes in painting harbor and coastal scenes set on the eastern shorelines of the United States.

In this clip the artist talks about her paintings and you also get to see her starting a new canvas. It is very interesting to see her paint as she uses her own hands instead of a brush frequently in painting sky and cloud areas.

The artist was born in 1933 in Hyde Park, New Jersey. Whilst growing she spent her summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She did her schooling in New York City and her father was a prominent doctor in New York City.  She moved to Provincetown full time in 1977.

The works of this artist I enjoy the most are her early works which were painted on highly weathered shingles and weathered wood panels. The artist attended Bard College. The artist was able to study with Phil Malicoat.

The artist works mainly in oils but has painted with acrlylics also. In addition to painting on the shingles the artist paints on masonite and board. She is also a printmaker and has worked with ink on paper as well. She started painting seriously at age thirty, selling her works on shingles to visiting tourists on the sidewalks.

Her work struck a nerve with well known abstract artist Robert Motherwell, who bought 23 pieces of art from Packard for his own collection.

The largest room in her Cape Cod home????  You are correct, the artist’s studio!!!

The artist has prints available from Blazing Editions as well.

The artist is a great painter of the coast. If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out other Cape Cod painters such as Charles Movalli, the Gruppe family, and Rick Fleury. Rick Fleury’s coastal scenes are very similar to Anne Packards. Windswept dunes with grey skies and rolling cloud shapes.

high price range: $13,000

low priced range: many smaller sized originals can be found for less than one thousand dollars. The artist is very prolific as far as her painting output is concerned.

Anne Packard comes from a painting family known through out the Cape Cod area similar to the Gruppe family. Packard’s grandfather was Max Bohm, a well known Impressionistic painter. Bohm went to art school at a very young age and by the age of sixteen had collectors eager to purchase his paintings. Bohm was even able to study at the Acadamie Julien in Paris, France.

The artist loves to travel and paint. She has painted in countries such as Mexico, Ireland, Italy, and Greece.

As far as painting techniques, the artist loves to paint the mandy shades of grey that exist on the coast. She enjoys painting the skies as full of movement and exciting cloud shapes.

A link to the artist’s website:

Try a coastal painting today. Study some of the greats I have mentioned here such as the Gruppe family, John Stobart, and Mike Karas.

Happy painting!



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