Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife #12, John de Martelly

This is image #12 of my on-going series sharing the pages of the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she collected in the 30s and 40s while she and my Grandfather Charlie Holsinger were saving to buy a farm.
The artist is named on the orange bottom-gutter. John de Martelly. Was he doing Thomas Hart Benton, or the other way around? There are differences: de Martelly is more solid, architectural. Benton is more fluid, distorted, having the feel of an El Greco painting. Also Benton dealt frankly with heterosexual sex (as frankly as one could in those days). The few examples of de Martelly I’ve seen have scarcely a whiff of sexuality to them. 

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