sábado, 8 de mayo de 2010

James Britton - Pintor Estadounidense

James Britton, American painter (1878-1936), born in HartfordConnecticut. Trained as a realist painter with noted Connecticut artist Charles Noel Flagg, he worked for a short period as staff artist for The Hartford Times, and then as an art critic for The Hartford Courant.
Britton was a prolific painter, earning his living for the most part from painting portraits and for his pleasure landscapes, as well as woodblock prints and drawings. He was also often short of money, which meant that instead of being able to buy new canvases for his work he simply painted over what he happened to have at hand. Among his surviving works are several paintings on cereal boxes and in one case a small egg carton, as well as a large number of very small postcard-sized landscapes .
He painted at various times in his native Connecticut, New York City, and Sag Harbor. As well as being a painter in his own right, he was also an organizer of artists and art students, in Connecticut being one of the founders of the Connecticut Art Students League. In New York he was one of the founders of a group called The Eclectics, with whom he exhibited regularly.
In his years in New York he occasionally worked as art critic for the weekly American Art News. And to reflect his interest in getting out the news on American painters, whom he believed to be substantially unknown and under-appreciated by the art world and public alike, in 1919 he created, edited and published an art periodical, Art Review International, which lasted until 1925. As a critic for American Art News, he reviewed contemporary events such as the [Armory Show] of 1913.
Britton had three children: James Jerome, born 1915; Teresa, born 1916; and Ruth born in 1919. In 1928 he was involved in a traffic accident, seriously injuring his hip and leaving his mobility compromised. He died on April 16, 1936 at the age of fifty-eight.
His work has been the object of some revival in recent years.
Landscapes and portraits by James Britton (1878-1936), a noteworthy American painter whose work has been regaining critical favor, were featured in a one-artist show in the spring of 2006 and remain available for viewing on request.
Well-known in his time both as an artist and a critic, Britton lived and worked in Connecticut, New York City, and Sag Harbor, L.I. Born in Hartford, he moved to New York at age 17 to apprentice as an illustrator at Scribner’s Magazine and to study at the Art Students League. Later, while living in Greenwich Village, he organized a group of painters and sculptors known as The Eclectics (including Maurice Prendergast, George Luks, Guy Pene du Bois, and Philip Hale) with whom he exhibited regularly. As a critic for American Art News, he reviewed contemporary events such as the Armory Show of 1913.

Britton was a compulsive painter of landscapes, often revisiting the same scene over and over to study the changing effects of light and cloud. Chronically short of funds with which to buy materials, he painted on whatever came to hand, including cereal boxes and, in one piece on display, both sides of the same panel. These works convey a spontaneity and a delight in color and texture that make them seem still fresh today.

Autumn Foliage Waterbury

Bay with Sailboat, Sag Harbor
Oil on Panel
15 x 24

Cloud Rolls, Mattatuck Hill Waterbury
Oleo - Carton
5 x 8

Inner Harbor, Gloucester
Oil on Canvas
13 x 17

Line of Ice
Oil on Board
8 x 8

Madison, Connetticut
Oleo - Carton
8 x 11

Oil on Canvas
26 x 21

Sag Harbor Studio
Oil on Canvas
24x 36

Autoretrato Sag Harbor
Oil on Canvas
12 x 9

Oil on Canvas
40 x 42

St. Mary's
Oil on Canvas
25 x 30

The Card Players 
10 x 11

The Coal Picker
13 x 17