August 24th, 2011
Let's hear it for the formal letter F
F is for Alfred William Finch, who was born to English parents in 1854.
His parents had moved to Belgium. where "Willy" was born and trained at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He became a founding member of Les XX, a group of twenty Belgian painters, designers and sculptors who rebelled against the prevailing artistic standards and outmoded academism
He changed his own painting to the Pointillist and Neo Impressionist style, and became one of the leading representatives of his style in Belgium, along with Theo van Rysselberghe.
The Cliffs at South Foreland in the Finnish National Gallery at Helsinki
Box at the Theatre in the Belgium Art Museum
Landscape Sunset at the Turku Art Museum in Finland
Eventually he determined that he could not make a living as a painter and moved to Finland in 1897 at the invitation of Count Louis Sparre to become a Ceramist in the Iris Ceramics factory, but when the factory closed he went back to painting.
The Pointillist style of painting, though laborious and difficult, lends an amazing sense of movement to the painted landscape.
For more great F's visit here at Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday.