STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT (1890-1973)
Portrait with Pipe
Pencil sketch c.1931
13 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches (33.6 x 26.3cm)
Condition: corners missing or damaged
SKU: GK.15,7 Categories: American, STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT Tags: c.1931, Pencil sketch, STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT
With the advent of the War, he returned to the United States. In 1919, after three years of painting, writing and exhibiting in New York, he returned Los Angeles where he rejoined other members of the Art Students' League in revitalizing as an art center. In 1923, Stanton Macdonald Wright organized a landmark exhibition: ""The Group of Independent Artists"". Los Angeles artists together with friends of Standon Macdonald Wright (Thomas Hart Benton, Morgan Russell, etc) curated a 'window' on modernism. From the mid-1920s through the1930s, he explored subjective composition, combining cubistic and synchromist elements. In the mid-1930s, as southern California director of the Federal Arts Project of the Works Project Administration, figuration predominated in his work.
Following World War II, with an awakening interest in Cubism, Zen Buddhism and meditation, Macdonald Wright made pilgrimage to Japan and reaffirmed his Synchromist color theories. He lived between two homes - one in Japan where haiku were translated into paintings and woodcut prints of bold, vibrant and rhythmic visual poetry; at his second home, in Malibu, California, his graphite drawings and paintings of layered brilliant color captured the beauty of the land and sea in explorations of Synchromist space and light.
Stanton Macdonald Wright was an intellectual force, an artist, an art historian, a teacher and a leader within the Los Angeles modernist community."