An interesting little drawing came in yesterday dated 1945. Two characters, a devil and a clown, from the Strauss operetta Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) which played at the Cambridge Theatre, London in 1944. A fascinating little drawing and, as usual, unsigned! The Art world can be so frustrating!
I recently purchased 3 Japanese paintings sold to me as woodblocks but they are clearly pencil with colour wash added over the top. They look late 20th Century, perhaps 60's or 70's or even perhaps a little later. Yet again my lack of Japanese language holds me back identifying who this artist is, but I'm working on it!
Art is all about simplicity, a few lines, a few swirls... But to make it work you have to be good. And the semi-abstracted realism of Norma Jameson is beyond good.
I recently purchased this etching from the family of Raymond Fawcett executed in 1964. It's title is 'Events in the day of a typist's life'. One struggles to find the events in the events the title suggests. There is a view of a woman dressing (or undressing), what looks to be a keypad of some kind but the other symbolic references have defeated me so far.
All of that though does not matter. It is a fabulous, enigmatic picture that makes you think which is exactly what art should always do.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art