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$ 3,400

Art Nouveau Beauty with Lilies

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed lower right
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil on Paper laid down on Card
W. 18 in; H. 17 in;
W. 45.72 cm; H. 43.18 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Biography from the Archives of askART
Biography photo for Blendon Campbell
Blendon Reed Campbell, born in 1872, produced a body of work as divergent as a colorful oil on canvas of dancing nymphs to work as dark in color and mood as his Depression-era "Derelict, N.Y.," 1933. A line of darkly-dressed, Depression-caused derelicts sit amidst garbage along a wooden fence diagonally retreating into the painting, with buildings and newly-washed clothes drying beyond. Posters on the fence advertise fun at "Coney Island" and an automobile offering "speed" and "comfort" for $450, low to us today, but as far away as the moon for these unemployed.

Campbell painted a series of nymphs in the 1930's, in the depths of the Depression perhaps to much the same effect as escapist Shirley Temple films and other movie musicals.

Campbell studied in Paris with Laurens and Constant at the Academie Julien and later with Whistler. He was a prize-winning artist in venues ranging from the Paris Salon in 1899 through numerous exhibitions ending in 1949. His work hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The long-lived artist died in 1969.


Biography from the Archives of askART
Biography photo for Blendon Campbell
Born in St Louis, MO on July 28, 1872. After studying in Paris with Constant, Laurens and Whistler, Campbell moved to San Francisco in 1893. His first job as an artist was with the Chronicle. In 1902 he founded the California Society of Artists with Piazzoni, Martinez, C. P. Neilson, W. H. Bull, and Matteo Sandona as a reaction to the conservative attitudes of the San Francisco Art Ass'n which they felt restricted opportunities for younger artists. By 1930 he had moved to NYC and in the early 1950s returned to Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. He died in Tampa, FL in September 1969. Exh: Paris Salon, 1899. In: AIC; MM; Smithsonian Inst.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); American Art Annual 1929; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Who's Who in American Art 1936-53; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 398094
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