I constantly wonder why some art pieces are endlessly fascinating and why others leave no impression at all?
Why do some paintings entrance me time and time again? Why are other paintings, though skillfully crafted, totally unmemorable?
I recently saw an amazing art show at the Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu which solved my years of fretting. The show, Illustrating Modern Life, The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection, (see events tab) is one of the best exhibitions I've ever seen. And I'm a museum junkie, so that's saying something.
The answer to my question - STORY!
|The Customs Inspector by Elbert McGran Jackson for Collier's Weekly, March 1930|
|Waiting by Dean Cornwell for Cosmopolitan, Feb. 1921|
If someone wrote a book that was described as, "Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey," this would be the cover art.
Your challenge - Run with this idea! Leave a comment with a story for one of the below paintings.
|Wing Walkers by Harold Von Schmidt for Liberty Magazine, April 6, 1929|
|Florist by Joseph Christian Leyendecker for Kuppenheimer Style Book, Spring 1920|