Tiffany the Painter

"I have always striven to fix beauty

in wood or stone or glass or pottery, in oil or water colour,

by using whatever seemed fittest."    

                                                        – Louis Comfort Tiffany

 

Louis Comfort Tiffany by Joaquin Sorolla, oil painting, 1911.
Louis Comfort Tiffany by Joaquin Sorolla, oil painting, 1911.

The multi-talented Louis Comfort Tiffany is best remembered for his glassmaking and stained glass designs. When we think of painting and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the first thing to come to mind is the vibrant portrait of Tiffany done by Joaquin Sorolla.                                       

But Tiffany himself also painted, studying under George Inness and Samuel Colman in the United States and Léon Bailly in Paris. His paintings and drawings are far less familiar than his finely crafted stained glass windows and lamps An exhibition of 125 of them was shown at the Nassau County Museum of Art in 2013. His paintings occasionally come up at auction. Recently a selection was auctioned by Sothebys that had originally been given as gifts to Tiffany's trusted chauffeur, who had worked for him from 1911 until 1933. 

Many of Tiffany's oil paintings were done on his trips to North Africa and the Middle East and on his travels to the American West. He painted throughout his entire lifetime bringing themes from his paintings and drawings into his other design work. Tiffany also worked to encourage artists by setting up the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation to run his lavish country home as a museum and art school, allowing young artists to paint in the beautiful country gardens there. Sadly, after his death the foundation auctioned the contents of the home and later the estate was abandoned, burning down in 1957.

 View of Cairo, ca. 1872 by Louis Tiffany, oil painting.

 View of Cairo, ca. 1872 by Louis Tiffany, oil painting.                       

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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.

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