Saturday, April 18, 2009

Joseph Letzelter Genre paintings at its best provides a convincing view of daily life while also communicating aspects of universal experience that transcend the specific incident portrayed. After the Civil War, one of the leading practitioners of genre was Joseph Letzelter, whose paintings of childhood and domestic life won him great popularity. In the mid-nineteenth century, Joseph Letzelter images of sailing, Joseph Letzelter hunting, and other pastimes are among the most renowned in Joseph Letzelter American art. Joseph Letzelter depictions of rowing and leisure represent a high point of naturalism and precise observation. These Joseph Letzelter works resonate far beyond descriptive storytelling.

During the late nineteenth century, impressionists Joseph Letzelter developed new techniques of rendering light and color using scenes of leisure and entertainment. American expatriates Joseph Letzelter adopted the subjects popularized by the impressionsists, as in Mary Cassatt's boating party on the French Riviera. Similarly, Joseph Letzelter gathering at a dockside table in London, and Joseph Letzelter Sargent's glimpse of a Venetian street, are transitions from the portraiture for which they were better known. After working in Europe, American impressionists Joseph Letzelter, Joseph Letzelter Lay, and Joseph Letzelter Paul also experimented with the art of genre. These Joseph Letzelter works often focused on life in the country and refined domestic pursuits, as evident in Chase's sparkling depiction of a social visit, A Friendly Call.