Two American Painters

It’s getting awfully toasty here in the northeast USA. One antidote for me is to look at the cool colors in the works of one of my favorite American landscape painters – Neil Welliver (1929 -2005) who painted the Maine landscape near his home. He gets it right, this is just what Maine looks like.

RIP Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011), great Virginia-born abstract painter who lived in Italy since the 1950’s. I was going to do a separate post on Twombly, but i’m not sure how much enthusiasm there is here on the Spill for abstract painting. And i had no desire to attempt a post so early in the morning that would make me a candidate for Pseud’s Corner, so i’ll leave it to the experts. I never did see his retrospective in New York. I did see his painting “Autumn” in the Tate Modern and had to sit down, it knocked me flat from across the room and i couldn’t stop crying. His painting “Winter”, (3rd one down) is one of the best winter paintings i’ve ever seen, and sent me off the Guardian art forums for good when i couldn’t get it through to some people that no, a 10 year old couldn’t do it.

You can see obituaries and portfolios in the G here, and you can see a current show in London here:
Twombly and Poussin:
Arcadian Painters
Dulwich Picture Gallery,
SE21 7AD

Starts 29 June
Until 25 September

41 thoughts on “Two American Painters

  1. Wow, those Twomblys (Twomblies?) are lovely. Might pop down to Dulwich. It’s only a bus ride from me. I had it in my head you were in somewhere like Arizona, Amy. Dunno where I got that idea from!

    • Dunno either, i’m about as far away from there as you can get! I did visit Phoenix once for a weekend on the way from NYC to Calif, stayed with a friend from New York who had moved back to Ariz. as he was tired of trying to make it as an actor in NYC. I’m originally from New Jersey, but live in New England now. (northeast). And i hate hot weather. Don’t know how Shoey can live in Florida in the summer, it’s humid there too.

      Glad you liked the Twomblys. Let us know how you like the show if you get there, seems like a kind of weird juxtoposition to me, but what do i know.

      • “I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.” Cy Twombly

        Deep sigh; in another time I’d have been Poussin boots.

        I’ll get me brush . . . .

      • I would have liked to have been Anthony Blunt – Poussin scholar and Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures. LeCarre and John Banville could write novels about me and my mates.

      • scratching my head now a bit that you’re thinking that i’m from somewhere like Arizona. If i come off as a racist gun-loving bible thumping right wingnut, don’t tell me because i don’t want to know.

      • I’m sure there are pockets of enlightenment in Arizona though, just as there are in Texas…

      • Of course there are, just like there are pockets of ignorance here in the northeast. I heartily disagreed with Arizona’s attempt to check the documentation of people because it was subjective and not universal, and because it would infringe on the rights of legal immigrants and citizens who may have happened to have brown skin or speak with an accent. If you’re going to to that, check everybody, not just “suspicious” persons. As it turns out, my own liberal state is doing roughly the same thing, and Arizona got a bit miffed because they think my state is getting away with it without getting the guff that they do.

    • Might pop down to Dulwich. It’s only a bus ride from me.

      It’s official, you’re in the land where the Twomblys live . . . . . .

      Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.

      No, seriously this is already on my summer show list. I’ve been revisiting Mary Webb’s ‘Spring Of Joy’ in recent days and the Arcadian has been on my mind.

      The Joy Of Music

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