By Jules David Prown, John Walker, Alexis Gregory
The tale of yankee portray starts off within the Colonial interval, within the 17th century. «The most blatant truth approximately early American painting,» writes Jules David Prown, «is that there has been so little of it. whilst ecu colonists started to determine everlasting settlements at the jap flank of North the United States, they'd different issues on their minds than the portray of images. confronted with a urgent necessity to meet their fundamental lifestyles needs—food, preserve, clothing—they followed a life-style and a view of the realm that was once unavoidably pragmatic. For them the humanities appeared dangerously inappropriate, a distraction from the intense initiatives to hand. That pragmatic perspective has characterised American tradition from its inception to the current day, and has profoundly affected the trajectory of yankee art.»
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The composition is at rest at the top and on the right, in motion to the left and at the bottom. The primary movement from right to left is bracketed by a counterpoint of movements curving into space; the bend of the road away motion. On the left the clockwise from the scene in the background, and the curl cut in the ice as the skater turns toward the viewer. With arms folded as he glides, the skater evokes an allegorical image of Winter as one of the Four Seasons, arms buried in a muffler, hugging his body against the cold.
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American Painting - From its beginnings to the Armory Show by Jules David Prown, John Walker, Alexis Gregory