Corsica. Edward Lear
Edward Lear's birthday is in May, so before the month ends, thought I'd add a tribute.
Especially since his works have influenced me all my life.
One night, talking with some young artists, the mention of limericks brought some
confusion to their faces. Lear's name didn't seem to ring any bells either.
I sure hope Lear's work is not fading into obscurity.
I love it partly because it was so diverse. He painted drop-dead
watercolor landscapes like the one above.
Toucan. Edward Lear
His paintings of birds--well, in comparison, I never did understand the appeal of Audubon.
His self-portraits, and "silly" drawings--I'd give a lot to have this kind of genius...
...and the kind that could write nonsense this sublime.
Nowadays it seems that artists must squash any diversity and
limit their output to a single style if they are to receive any notice or reward.
Glad Edward Lear's times were not so limiting.
Happy Birth-month, Mr. Lear!