Friday, January 04, 2013

Artist of the Month; Marcel Reider


Not a very well known artist, Marcel Reider doesn't even have a Wikipedia page (at least not on English Wikipedia), which in this day n age is true obscurity! Unfortunately, this obscurity means I don't know much about him, which is a shame as his images are interesting studies in light, and I do so like interesting studies of light.

As you can see from the above images, Reider was also heavily into ambience (another plus) and seems to have loved the counter balance between two different light sources. In some ways, he reminds me of Maxfield Parrish, though grounded in realism.

Marcel Reider was French. Born in Alsace in 1862, he was a aprt of the artistic community, exhibiting regularly at the Salon de Paris right up until the Second World War. He died in 1942. Very few of his paintings seem to have made it onto the internet and as you can see from the examples I have posted, the quality of those that have is not terribly good. If the white 'glass sheen' is anything to judge by, most seem to have been photographed by regular people in galleries.

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