Well, we're back to "the people pictures." Those great Andrew Bucci figures from the 1950s. (Decorator Melissa Rufty used one in that punchy Southern guest room.)
During the 50s, the Mississippi-born artist used clear, unapologetically joyful color and incorporated pattern in a way that suggests the influence of Matisse. For me, the vibrating yellow, purple and orange, along with the decorative surface pattern of the textiles, above, definitely speak Fauve.
Cole Pratt Gallery director, Erika Olinger, explains that the mid-century era was the heyday for that style of Bucci's work. "After that his work started to deconstruct," she says. Olinger describes the pieces from that period as amazing and notes that most of them were done as Bucci was finishing up at The Art Institute of Chicago.
So, if you find yourself on New Orleans' Magazine Street this spring, you have another destination to add to the list. (At the gallery look for Bucci's later highly abstract work and the representational figures.) Both of the figures above are untitled, oil on paper, 24 by 19 inches.
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After looking at the Bucci figures, KDM asked me to refresh her memory about this fanciful portrait of Vogue's iconic editor Diana Vreeland. The artist in this case is mid-century illustrator, René Bouché. Click here for a related past post.
The Vreeland image is from Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years.