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Art is a Colorful Passion and George Lapchine thought so too.

"It is not so much where my motivation comes from

but rather how it manages to survive."

--Louise Bourgeois--

Alone in the Woods - ©2019 NLew

Painting is a process that rests on creativity –objective and subjective— and needs unabridged and unabated attention. It is often intense and requires a lot of patience, whether we, artists, like it or not. The Artworld is everchanging, always growing, evolving, educating, communicating, exploring, as well as commenting. Being a part of it is participating in the excitement of discovering the exploration of the unknown ….

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

--General George S. Patton—¹

My road in Art has been one full of ups and downs; Of watching The Great Courses, and, of course, many fantastic (and free) YouTube Videos for hours at a time. 😊) With self-doubt often abounding, it has been important for me to follow the dogma "Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show."² And while I am no Van Gogh (at least not yet 😉), the mere fact that I paint, create, and believe in my work truly would make me de facto an "artiste." The fact is that to help artists thrive, there needs to be more love and appreciation. Tolerance for the beginners, explaining the exposing artist's work and intent, making Art more accessible to all. It would be a step in the right direction and a breath of fresh air instead of the constant rudeness of self-important, critical people … (Believe me, the "snootiness" of "gallery" people, can at times be overbearing.)

George Lapchine - Fishing Village

While browsing the web last week looking for a particular painting, I came across a painting depicting a simple fishing village …. Born of a palette of colors that simply blew me away. It was followed by another one showing the view of a port from the inside of a room. I like to paint houses …. In all kinds of settings, and this one was right in my alley. Love at first sight.

George Lapchine Vue sur le pont d'un interieur

This, my friends, was the work of Georgiy Alexandrovich Lapchine (a/k/a George Lapchine), Born in Moscow in 1885, he was a student at the Stroganov School. He lived in Paris, studied with Cormon and J.F. Lhermitte. Returning to Moscow, participated in the group exhibition of independence (1910), and in 1911 he founded "Free Art," where he remained a permanent participant.

From 1918 to 1922, he exhibited in Moscow, and in 1922 he exposed some of his works at the 1st Russian art Exhibition in Berlin.

He moved to Paris in 1924, and from 1925 on, he exhibited regularly at the major exhibitions "Société des Artistes" and "Salon des Indépendants."

His works depict mainly Russian landscapes and views of Venice, Capri, and Versailles. In brilliant colors. There is an assortment of paintings depicting still lifes with flowers too. His works can be found in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Kazan Art Museum and in private collections. He died, some say, in 1950 while others think it was in 1951. I was unable to find out much more about this prolific artist. I'd welcome any input you may have.

Meanwhile, the Covid19 virus is continuing to wreak havoc, not only here in the United States, but in Europe as well. I will continue to suggest, no stress, to not listen to all the malarkey that is being thrown at us from the person supposed to be in charge but more concerned about his ratings. COVID is real. It is incredibly contagious, and it can be deadly.

While I do understand the need for children to be able to go back to school (a hot point at the moment), it is also important to remember that this virus does not discriminate. Until there is a viable vaccine, this will be the new normal. Where I am from, on top of everything else, we are now in the middle of an active hurricane season. And while Isaias did not leave any damage in his path here, we can only hope that this will be the norm for the rest of the season. Aside from hurricanes, storms have been pretty wild these last few weeks.

"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist."

-Rene Magritte-

I wish you all continued health and happiness. “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” –Auguste Rodin-- Until next time, peoples of the page. Be safe. Stay healthy, Be kind. Namaste.

¹“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the ....

²Have Stories to Tell, Not Stuff to Show - Tiny Buddha.

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Lapchine, Georgi - Gallery 162 Fine Art.

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