Today, we’re going to take a look at William Johnson. He was an artist I was not very familiar with, but had seen some of his pieces from to time. I enjoy his style, so decided to have a closer look at some of his pieces. But before I start, a quick note. Spring is coming up, which means spring cleaning for a lot of us. If you wind up with some extra space on your walls, some of our custom sports mats could be just the thing to fill in!
Most of his works that I found featured people. While he covered some dark and serious elements in many of paintings, it was not all he looked at. As you can see in the painting above “Jitterbugs III,” Johnson could appreciate happiness and joy. That is something I appreciate and respect in artists, and in any sort of creativity.
This piece, “Art Class- Three Men,” is a similar idea, at least to me. From what I was able to find about Johnson, I think it is something that would make him happy as well. I think he would have really liked seeing others follow his own passion. I also not that, while I’m not the best judge of age, these men look older than typical art students. It looks like art is something they chose to pursue as adults, which I like.
Johnson lived in Scandinavia for a while, and the European art he saw that inspired many of his pieces. This piece here, “The Jacobia Hotel”, reminds me a lot of Van Gogh’s work. It also goes to show that Johnson could capture a building as well as he captures people. Once a grand residence, the place had fallen into disrepute when Johnson saw it.
And finally, as we wrap up, another piece with no people- “Harlem Street Scene with Full Moon.” This piece may be a little simple than some others, but I think it works. It makes the street feel all the more empty, in a hauntingly beautiful sort of way.
We hope you have appreciate this look at a few of William Johnson’s pieces. If you have any Johnson pieces of your own, it will always look better with a mat and frame to go with it!