Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Art Review - "Flowers of Gold" by Henry James Soulen

I'm fascinated with this painting by Henry James Soulen. Another talented student of the great American illustrator, Howard Pyle, Soulen also studied with N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Jesse Wilcox Smith.

The design of this piece is overwhelmingly complex, and yet it is masterfully controlled. What I find most interesting is the overall red/orange color cast which adds so much richness and mood to the image. Despite this dominant color shift, Soulen pushes bright notes of other colors in key areas to move our eyes through the scene in a deliberate manner.
 "Flowers of Gold" • Henry James Soulen • Oil on Canvas • c. 1930s
• 26.5" x 30.5" • Private Collection
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