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November 30, 2002

Chaos of History: Art in 1930


Here's another mini-installment of my "cross-section" approach to art history, this time focused on 1930. All the following images were painted over a period of, at most, 5 years (1928-1933). As always, we're dealing with pop-ups, so I hope you take the time to look at them full-size.


B. Brooker, Sounds Assembling, 1928; A. Dove, Foghorns, 1929


M. Hartley, Carnelian Country, 1932; A. Jackson, Winter, Charlevoix County, 1932

Female Portrait

F. Varley, Vera, 1931; P. Picasso, Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932; Y. Biriukova, Portrait of Lillian Evers, 1933

Female Nude

T. Lempicka, Andromede, 1929; E. Holgate, Nude, 1930

Perhaps I should mention that I have no animus to analytic art history, simply that I think it's always a good idea to look at things a bit differently from time to time. I remember having one of those "aha" moments the first time I realized that Velásquez and Van Dyck were exact contemporaries, and Rembrandt was a mere 7 years younger. It suddenly became obvious to me exactly why Baroque painting had stamped itself so indelibly on art history. Anyway, enjoy!



posted by Friedrich at November 30, 2002


Wonderful choices! I have never seen that "Sounds Assembling" before and I really like it. It is so different from what you would expect from that time period. The others all fit, even the Picasso, if only because we know he was painting then. Interesting that Picasso is the only Mega Famous artist among them. I always think of the WPA-type images when I think of the 30's, like the "Winter" picture by Jackson you have here and Grant Wood's "American Gothic" .Thank you for broadening our horizons just that much further.

Posted by: Alexandra on December 1, 2002 1:32 PM

Thanks. I found Sounds Assembling surprising. It looks much more recent, but of course I know almost nothing about art history.

Posted by: Lynn on December 1, 2002 9:29 PM

The Brooker's incredible, I'd love to see more of his stuff

Posted by: Greg on January 28, 2003 9:21 AM

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