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Watercolor artist Mary Whyte published a beautiful book about painting portraits and the figure in watercolor four years ago, titled Working South, and just before the show associated with the book opened, CBS did an inspiring 7 minute story about her. She talks about the theme of her series; a generation of skills and jobs that are disappearing because things have changed, and they’re no longer needed, or they’ve been replaced with technological advancements. A drive-in theater operator, a crab-pot fisherman, a spinner in a thread factory, etc. I’ve always enjoyed her work, and this is a lovely glimpse into her working style, her approach to painting portraits, and her amazing body of work. (If you get this blog via email or rss and you don’t see the video window below, you can watch it here.)
Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell (and often Joseph DeCamp) were invariably identified as a subgroup within the Ten American Painters. At least one critic noted the lack of Impressionist elements in their first submissions to the Ten’s group shows. “Tarbell has recently suffered something like an eclipse of light and color. Several years ago both (Benson & Tarbell) were producing strong and spirited work, but just now, they seem to be wandering in dusky light, using washed out hues and questionable charm.” Benson’s response to this criticism was to submit to the Ten’s exhibitions a flourish of outdoor pictures of his family basking in the summer sun in fashionable white attire. Tarbell responded with a group of Impressionist paintings (through 1906) but then suddenly turned away from these outdoor pictures to concentrate exclusively on interiors and pure portraiture. Interestingly, most of the final works of Tarbells’ peak Impressionist period were exhibited with the Ten, and all were portrayals of family members in outdoor settings. ~Laurene Buckley, Edmund Tarbell, Poet of Domesticity