Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Eva Roemer: Stormy Seas

Up on Ebay this week this stunning Eva Roemer (1889-1977) Stormy Sea. Great to hang next to Arthur Rigden Read (1879-1955). Seven days to rob a bank or put your money where your mouth is. I've spend this month's budget on a pair of budgies so it's all yours. Added info: this print was sold soon after this posting went on air). 
But for consolation here (added later) are some other great examples of artists who also were impressed and inspired by the stormy seas. 
Uehara Konen (1878-1940)
 Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) 1834
 Hiroshige (1749-1858) 1853

Oscar Droege (1898-1982) very prolific German printmaker did many woodblock prints of the sea, calm and stormy. For every one roaming and combing the beach the mirroring effect of the back wash of the waves in last print is very realistic and skillfully executed. Droege was a keen observer living all his life near the North sea in Hamburg.
Clarence Alphonse Gagnon (Canadian, 1881 - 1942) "Heavy Sea". A neglected and hardly ever seen master piece by this Canadian painter. Besides trhe many paintings I know of only one other print by Gagnon. 

Bror Julius Nordfelt (Am. 1878-1953) who had his finest woodblock printing year in 1906 as we'll see later.
Last but not least: Matthew Brown (American b.1958) New Hampsire printmaker in the Japanese tradition combining, tributing and connecting the classic (foamy waves Hiroshige) and the modern (rocks Droege, gulls Neumann). The wink at Hans Neumann (right) in perticular is very  charming. 
All pictures borrowed freely for friendly, educational, intellectual  non commercial use from the www.


  1. Gerrie,

    Droege's print with the backwash is indeed an absolute masterpiece! I remember seeing this one before, but that was a long time ago, so thanks for digging this out again!


    1. Hello Klaus, yes that perticular immage and print is just great. It is as it really is actually when you know your beach. I know and Droege knew. And all that reality and atmophere cut and printed woodblock print. It's great to hear some positive news after all the negative energy related to the seller of the Mona K. Gill's print that has been poored over me. You remember, the one with the remarkable starting price................
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Gerrie,

    I'm sorry to hear that there were irritations! I hope my comment hasn't offended anybody!


    1. I suppose it was the combination Klaus, the friendly use of a more or less public picture and the professional comments. Some people however are born with long toes, short fuse and an air of supremacy. I, like Charles, like a little roar now and then, it shouldn't get too agreeable and soft after all.