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Brangwyn’s work is impressive not merely because of his use of humanity’s most essential of themes bus also because of his handling of individual subjects, such as the nudes which he captures in the full an d sensuous beauty of its form – undistorted, ungrotesqued, and unlike so many nudes of the past half century. His presentation of people at work and in the ordinary exercise of their lives is equally impressive. His photographs were, of course, not designed for publication anywhere. They were – to him, though not to us – secondary to their function as aides in the creation of his paintings. Time’s passage has, in fact, so enlarged our ability to see these works that we are awed by their beauty, their humanity, and their radical modernity. That passage also insists that Frank Brangwyn’s name be added to the masters of photographic history.
Der Katalog ist von der Galerie Paul Cava Fine Art in Bala Cynwyd, PA (Amerika) editiert und mit Essays von John Wood und Libby Horner versehen worden. Er beinhaltet 19 Fotografien. Diese amerikanische Originalausgabe wird in Europa exklusiv durch die GALERIE VEVAIS vertrieben.
Frank Brangwyn was born in 1867 in Belgium, returned to London in 1875, was employed briefly in William Morris's workshop around 1882-84 and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885. He was commissioned by Samuel Bing to paint a frieze and mural panels for his Maison deL'Art Nouveau in 1895. He later went on to enjoy international success as a printmaker, illustrator, furniture designer and world renound muralist.
Sir Frank William Brangwyn (1867 - 1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist. As well as paintings and drawings, he produced designs for stained glass, furniture, ceramics, table glassware, buildings and interiors, was a lithographer and woodcutter and an illustrator of books.
By the early 20th century Brangwyn had a reputation for large pictures painted in a realistic style. He also designed furniture, carpets, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, metalwork and jewellery. During the First World War Brangwyn was an Official War Artist.
There are recurring themes throughout Brangwyn’s vast artistic output. His love of architecture, ships, churches, windmills and bridges is obvious; the Mediterranean earthenware pots in all shapes and sizes occur in paintings representing all ages and countries; a cornucopia of fruit and flowers indicate the pleasure he took in the simple joys of life; and the subtlety, power, and range of his signature blues is astounding.
John Wood is a known photographic historian and critic whose books have won major awards, but he is also a distinguished, prize-winning poet. Wood has lectured on photography at many museums in the U.S. and in Europe, and he co-curated the exhibition Secrets of the Dark Chamber at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art.
He held Professorships for over twenty-five years in both English Literature and Photographic History and served as Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at McNeese University in Louisiana. He has given readings and lectures at many universities and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, Spain’s National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Boston Athenæum, Harvard, Penn State, Florida State, the Oakland Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Museum of New Mexico, and others.