Fittingly, artist Roger Frey (1866 – 1934) memorialize the public debut of Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio in a painting that represents a group of Matisses artworks arranged in situ. A Room in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition(1912) is the only surviving visual documentation of Pinneau Rouge on display at the Grafton Galleries in London in 1912. The gentleman on the leather sofa is probably the artist Duncan Grant, an admirer of Matisse who had been welcomed as a visitor to the studio at Issy. Grant was one of several members of the Bloomsbury Group (a close-knit circle of British artists and writers) who worked with Fry to organize the show.
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
Bertold Loffler’s most important painting, Youth Playing the Pipes of Pan (1912), reveals his passion for classicism, from the garlanded youth and draped female attendants to the vase at their feet, depicting Pan, the Greek god of untamed nature, playing a double flute. The flat, stylized composition and the bold patterns on the women’s cloaks reflect Loffler’s work as a designer for the cutting-edge Austrian artists’ association the Wiener Werkstätte. Eduard Ast, a major patron of the group, acquired the canvas and hung it in the dining room of his newly-built villa in Vienna, across the hall from Gustav Klimt’s painting of the mythological heroine Danaë(1907 – 08), which is in a private collection.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
No one is denying that groundbreaking artist Jackson Pollack (Born January 28th, 1912) was pretty much a complete asshole in real life, but we can still appreciate his contribution to Modern Art, I suppose.