Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Art Blogging: Emile Aubry

Emile Aubry (1880-1964) was an Algerian-born French Art Deco painter. He won the Prix de Rome in 1907 and the Salon prize in 1920. I like his work because it exemplifies how an artist could break free of Academic norms and express the human figure in not simply a portraitive, but a decorative manner. Take, for example, his painting The Voice of Pan. The subject matter is completely within the classical norms of the Academic painting, but its crowded use of space and stacked two-dimensional figures is entirely Art Deco.

In Hylas, the companion of Hercules is kidnapped by the nymph Dryope. Oil on canvas, 1926.


Divers and Sundry said...

This post is on the first page of google results for the terms: Emile Aubry.

These people are interesting in that they have plenteous hair on their heads but no hint of hair anywhere else.

John said...

Up until the 20th Century, it was considered extremely crude to show body -- and especially pubic -- hair in the Western tradition. The Academic era was long dead before artists began showing realistically hairy bodies.

I'm glad to know that I'm #1 in something.

Divers and Sundry said...

Would Aubry have been working during the same period as Marcel Duchamp or Man Ray?

I like your art posts.

John said...

Yes, although they were associated with different movements.

Tom Jackson said...


Now that you've changed your policy on artblogging pictures of women, you might want to revisit this; it's an animation blending 500 years' worth of portraits.