Original Oil on canvas by Modern American artist and illustrator William Frederick Foster.
Professional illustrators have always made great figurative painters. They bring a technical facility and finely honed draughtsmanship to their art that many conventional painters in the same genre lack. Foster’s deftness of brush and narrative movement made him one of the most successful illustrators in a golden era of American illustration. We have two large oils in the exhibition, a studio nude and a genre painting. The nude is great fun, it took me some time to work it out but she’s loosening her hair from behind and it has fallen over her face, possibly a device to discretely spare his sitter’s blushes. The second ‘The Travel Brochures’ could be a scene from a G K Chesterton, an enthusiastic young bride plans a trip while a far less enthusiastic husband rues the lost time with his newspaper. Both beautifully rendered and so redolent of 1930s America.
Available at Panter and Hall.