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Richard Schmid - CARRIAGES IN FRONT OF PLAZA HOUSE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Richard Schmid


Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 24 1/8"w x 18 1/2"h.
Published: August 1990

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"Whenever I am in Manhattan, I make time to visit one of my favorite spots in the world - Central Park. Ever since my first visit there I have been fascinated by the place.

"'Carriages in Front of the Plaza Hotel' is only one of many impressions I have painted of the park over the years. I tried to capture something which surprisingly still lingers in various corners of Manhattan - a certain leisurely grace of times past.

"Once in a while, when dusk arrives on a mild evening and the midtown traffic diminishes, that old turn-of-the-century atmosphere seems to magically emerge around Central Park South. The lights came up and people crowd the sidewalks. The carriages line up to take tourist and romantic couples for rides around the park. The whole scene seems strangely fragile in contrast to the crazy hustle and bustle of Manhattan. But I think that is one of the reasons I like it so much. There is something here that we have lost. Being a hopeless romantic, I find it irresistible."

Richard Schmid
Impressionistic, realistic, classical, romantic...while people donít always agree on how to describe the art of Richard Schmid, there is no mistaking it. Painterly brushstrokes, meticulous composition, subtle tonality and use of luxurious, luminous color set his works distinctly apart. Schmid prefers to paint all prima, completing a work of extreme accuracy in just one sitting. The first brushstrokes blend with the last, conveying the excitement of the artist calls "immediate intimacy." Schmid, born in Chicago in 1934, has spent many years sketching and painting throughout North America, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. His roving nature also applies to his subject matter; restlessly, he captures everything in sight, composing landscapes, nudes, wildlife, still lifes and childrenís portraits. Schmid credits his instructors the landscape painter Gianni Cilfone and Professor William Mosby of Chicagoís American Academy of Art for much of his success. But he also acknowledges a debt to the great masters, among them the Spanish portraitists Goya and Velasquez and the Impressionists Cassatt and Manet. Schmidís work has been widely acclaimed. He has won the Allied Artists of America Gold Medal, the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, and won the top award in the 1987 National Parks Academy. He has had no less than 41 one-man shows and his work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Smithsonian, the Gilcrease Institute and the Beijing Exhibition Center in China.


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