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Richard Schmid - CARNATIONS AND GOLD -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Richard Schmid


Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 19 1/2"w x 11 3/4"h.
Published: October 1991

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Of this painting, Richard Schmid commented, "What I did was to take a lot of objects that seemed to be somehow related - there's a feminity to the objects. How I put them together is purely subjective. I set it up and the observer sees what he will.

"I raised three girls. They are all grown up now, but when they were small, there were little girl things all over the house. They were the things I would naturally pick up for my still lifes because they were so available. I really think a lot of that comes out in my still lifes - that I center them around my own children. That might be the real theme behind all this.

"It all creates rich and romantic image a Victorian still life. It's a little world with the doll. Maybe it's her world."

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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