Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Inspirations - HERBERT SCHMALZ

Herbert Schmalz ( 1856 -1935) jest jednym z tych twórców, na których natknęłam się zupełnie przypadkiem, przeglądając przedwojenne karty pocztowe na którymś z lokalnych targów staroci. Ten wiktoriański malarz o niemieckim pochodzeniu ( w 1918 roku zmienił imię na Carmichael, jednak do dziś i tak bardziej znany jest pod swoim oryginalnym) znany jest głównie z obrazów masowo wydawanych w formie pocztówek, a jego styl , będący rozwinięciem stylu spod znaku PRB (Prerafaelici), zaskarbił sobie przychylność pewnej grupy amatorek rudowłosych piękności, przemykających wśród dość osobliwej scenerii będącej mieszaniną motywów religijnych oraz orientalizmów spod znaku twórczości Fredericka Goodalla. Ciekawostką może być fakt, że osobiście znał on Fredericka Leightona, i -co daje się zauważyć gołym okiem- miało to niemały wpływ na jego twórczość. Zainteresowanym polecam wyprawę na ebay lub targ staroci w poszukiwaniu jego prac w legendarnym formacie 10x15 cm :)

Herbert Schmalz ( 1856 - 1935) is an example from a whole bunch of artists found rather unexpectedly, while I was searching through vintage postcards during one of my weekend trips to a local flea market. This Victorian painter of German origin ( he changed his name into Carmichael in 1918, yet even now he is known under his previous name ,not the new one ), gained some popularity in print (mainly postcards), and his style, which is a development of PRB motives ( Pre-Raphaelite), has successfully conquered some vintage collectors' hearts & those of admirers of redhead women living in a realm that is a unique mixture of religious ( Christian ) themes and those borrowed from orientalism , like the style known from Frederick Goodall's works. Worth mentioning is a fact that he knew Frederick Leighton personally. and one may notice, how strong influence it had on the artist. If you get interested in his art, I'd recommend a small virtual trip to ebay, or to a flea market in your area, in search for his artworks printed in a legendary 10x15 (postcard) size :)

source:
http://www.illusionsgallery.com/Schmalz.html
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/speel/paint/schmalz.htm

1 comment:

  1. Very interested in you finding these postcards. My wife has been undertaking research on the life of Herbert Schmalz for a number of years.
    you may find some of this of interest.

    Schmalz was married to the sister of Dorothy Dene, actress and model of the period. Some of his works feature Dorothy and his wife.

    Herbert Gustav Schmalz was born in 1856 in Ryton, near Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but changed his name by deed poll in 1918 to Carmichael (his mother's maiden name). He died in 1935.

    Herbert Schmalz was born in England to a German father - he is best known under that name, but also signed works as Carmichael after 1918.
    Schmalz's art training was fairly conventional, including studying at South Kensington and the Royal Academy Schools, and then abroad in Antwerp. He knew Leighton, living near him in Kensington, and marrying the sister of Dorothy Dene, who was one of Leighton's favourite models. He developed a style influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, but more soft, showing single figures or groups, over-pious religious scenes and sentimental lovers, and some topographical pictures. He also produced Orientalist pictures featuring girls with pots, camels etc somewhat akin to work by Goodall. All of this was well calculated to impress the Victorian public, and much of his work was widely reproduced in magazines and as prints. Following a visit to Jerusalem in 1890, his travel sketches were published in the Art Journal as 'A painter's pilgrimages in 1893. He exhibited at the EA from 1879, and in 1900 he had a solo exhibition of forty pictures entitled 'A Dream of Fair Women' at the Fine Art Society in Bond Street.

    The only biography published to date on Herbert Schmalz was by Trevor Blakemore, entitled ‘The Art of Herbert Schmalz’ dated 1911 and published by George Allen & Co. Copies of this occasionally come up on the Abe books site and vary considerably in price according to condition.

    gordon.a.tutt@btinternet.com

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