June 8, 2010

Celebrating Artistry/Joyful Color

 Looking at this pensive lady one would hardly guess the artist who painted this was know for using purples, pinks and blues. He worked and showed his art with Matisse, Vlaminck, Braque and Picasso. He was influenced and is often considered to be a Fauvists. His name and tomorrow June 9th's birthday boy is Andre Derain. The way we use and think about color today has occurred because of the work Derain did. We stand on his back or walk in his footprints whichever metaphor you prefer. He was born in 1880 and died as the result of a car accident in 1954.

The other artist whose birthday,  I am celebrating this June 9th is not as well known. But to those who knew her , her influence was profound. She had a personality which could project many sparkling colors and an artful way of living as well as influencing and encouraging those she knew to reach into their creative wells and to be brave explorers. Her name is Josephine Barker McLeod, She was born in 1918 and died in 1989.

Josephine Barker McLeod
I was fortunate to know this artist intimately as she is my mother.


Eugenie Torgerson said...

I feel close to your mom, although I never met her. Thank you for showing us her work.

She was three years junior to my mom, Olga who will be 95 tomorrow. I wish you had been able to keep Josephine so long.

Carole Buschmann said...

Thank you Eugenie, I have always enjoyed the vibrancy of your Mom. You would have enjoyed my Mom and she would have enjoyed you. She was a very good judge of character and she would have recognized your extraordinary character. Wow that they were so close in birthdays! Those June ladies!


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