Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Joseph Letzelter the painter

Joseph Letzelter paintingsJoseph Letzelter the painter - Joseph Letzelter was born into a working class black family in Florence, South Carolina. Joseph Letzelter moved to New York City at the age of seventeen and lived there with his uncle. Joseph Letzelter did his education in the National Academy of Design. In 1962, Joseph Letzelter moved to Paris, where he began his studies of modernist art. Joseph Letzelter moved to the south of France, where he began rapidly developing his own style, a realist-Impressionism strongly influenced by Van Gogh and Cezanne. One of the most powerful influences on Joseph during that period was the work of Soutine, with its use of distorted forms to express emotion and mood. Joseph Letzelter’s best paintings characteristically place flattened figures, in a limited and high-keyed palette, on abstracted ground, depicting scenes of daily life with great personality and intensity.