The Delaware Art Museum - Part 2

Today I am sharing some more of the beautiful art from the Delaware. Part 2 contains my photos of a series of black and white paintings that Howard Pyle created for various projects. These were really tricky to capture as the light in the this particular room was quite low. I did my best to get some nice general captures and details.

I am not sure about the exposure on these though. Some might be lighter in reality, but I didn't want to lose some of the subtlety by pushing the highlights too far.




This tiny painting had such great presence.




I love the composition of the image below.





Pyle was so good at overlapping elements, compressing space and foreshortening. I love all the men lined up and rendered in such a small space in the middle of the painting below.









The piece below is magical.




Many of the paintings had a warm imprimatura with cool grey paint over the top. You can really see it well in the paintings above and below. It was much more interesting than if the grey paint were on white or a neutral ground.







Look at how deftly Pyle handled the sword stabbing through the pirate! It looks like 2 or 3 thin strokes of paint and... done!




How cool is this guy pointing his pistol right at us, the viewer!? As I was scanning through this painting, it actually caught my off guard when my eyes looked down the barrel.










This piece was incredible.


Love the impasto on the crown and helmet!





That little band of light on the foot of the giant is perfect. Simple, rough and perfect.




I was impressed at Pyle's simplified representation of the crowd. Some people are barely more than one or two strokes, but it all reads as big crowd pushing and surging.




Part 3 of my trip will be up next time!

Labels: ,