I have two beautiful Mark Rothko prints on the wall. I love just about anything from the mid-century modern movement. Rothko and Albers are particular favorites for their use of color and shape. I chose Rothko prints with orange, yellow and pale red hues for my living room. The mantle itself holds two potted plants, an hour glass with orange sand, a few candles and an old Spartus Full Vue camera body.
My mom has always been an art and humanities lover. She instilled in me early on a great appreciation for art and artistic expression. Our home was full of paintings, prints and coffee table books. She especially loved Homer, Wyeth, Rembrandt, and Pyle. A collection of Carl Larsson pieces hung above our couch for years. They depicted quintessential Swedish family scenes in the soft watercolor and extreme detail of the Arts & Crafts Movement. A picnic by the lake (The Crayfish Season Opens), a bustling breakfast table in the yard (On My Road), and a familial procession in the home (A Day of Celebration). Coming from a large busy family myself, the beauty and content of these paintings really spoke to me. They were romantic. They were classic. When I see them now I feel a strong connection to my younger years, exploring my own form of artistic expression in the home of my parents.
My first choice would be Alphonse Mucha. I studied his work in college and have been captivated by him ever since. Though his art was essentially used as a form of advertisement in the early 1900s, it exudes the style, charm and elegance of the century. He focused primarily on painting women, embellishing the overall image with intricate frames, feminine patterns, ornate lettering and fanciful costumes. I’d love to see his take on a modern woman painted with the elaborate and distinct details of Art Nouveau. My second choice—N.C. Wyeth. His unique realist style is stunning.
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