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Painter Solomon J. Solomon - Myth & Imagination

Updated: Aug 5

Painter Solomon J. Solomon- Myth & Imagination

Solomon J. Solomon
Solomon J. Solomon

Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860 – 1927) “Solomon J. Solomon was a highly versatile artist who made pictures in many different styles, and was thus able to remain popular over a long period. He produced paintings on historical and contemporary themes, from myth and from reality, religious paintings, harem scenes, and many portraits” (Source: ) He also worked on camouflage for tanks and observation posts during World War I. He was one of the few Jewish artists to be made a member of the Royal Academy of Art. Not afraid of craft, he was in great demand as an illustrator of books, especially tales of adventure by writers like G. A. Henty. Here are the opening remarks from his 1914 book, : The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing This book is primarily intended for the use of Art Students, but it may also be found helpful to Art Teachers who have not yet reduced their teaching to a system. I have rarely in my experience found drawing systematically taught. The master corrects the student’s errors, but does not show him with sufficient clearness how he might discover them for himself, and so become in time, as he must aim at becoming, independent of assistance. The second part of the volume is devoted to an examination of the methods of painting used in the production of works that have stood the test of time. I hope that from what I have said on this subject the student may be able to gather material on which to base a sound and workmanlike method. This is especially necessary in these days when works of art are produced which, in my opinion, cannot possibly stand the severe test of age. The whole object of this volume is to combat the careless craftsmanship which is too common, and is detrimental to the work of any painter, however gifted. The lover of pictures who has had no technical training may also be helped by a perusal of this second part to discover for himself some of those qualities in a picture that are most attractive to a painter. No one can be said to understand a painting who is ignorant of the principles on which it is executed. The average painter’s interest is centred, perhaps too exclusively, in its technique, and many a picture would have little charm for him if it were not for the surface qualities it displays. But some of this special enjoyment may be shared by the amateur if he will take the pains to examine pictures in the same way as the professional artist. I hope that not these chapters only, but also the preceding lessons in practical painting and drawing, may awaken a new interest by enabling the amateur and picture-lover to gain some insight into the mysteries of the craft, and some understanding of the purely technical means of expression employed by the painter. In a review in , G. R. S. Taylor compared Solomon to the French painter, Bouguereau: “We demand to know the worst at an international exhibition, on educational grounds. If we have the nerve to show Mr. Solomon J. Solomon’s work here, it was really a friendly act on the part of France to relieve the pressure by giving themselves away by sending Bougureeau.” This comparison was probably inspired by such things as the similarity between Bouguereau’s Abduction of Psyche and Solomon’s Ajax and Cassandra. The New Age (NA 3.14:277)" from the article: Solomon, Solomon Joseph (1860-1927)

Ajax & Cassandra by Solomon J. Solomon
Ajax & Cassandra by Solomon J. Solomon

San Georgeo by Solomon J. Solomon
San Georgeo by Solomon J. Solomon

Solomon J Solomon, the Imaginative and direct Painter

Video from Gammell Lack Institute of American Art

"Solomon J. Solomon, a British painter of great natural ability, with large-scale works from mythology and the Bible, are among the finest of pictures. His precocious drawing skills are brilliant and filled with life. He is a craftsman with the brush and has offered his advice to future students through his very popular book- 'The Practice Of Oil Painting'." from video introduction

Solomon Joseph Solomon: A collection of 28 paintings

Video from LearnFromMasters

"Description: "Solomon's painting was grounded in his influence from his teacher Alexandre Cabanel, but was also influenced by Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Solomon painted mainly portraits to earn a living, but also painted dramatic, theatrical scenes from mythology and the bible on large canvasses. These scenes include some of his more popular paintings. One of Solomon's most popular works was Samson (1887), depicting a scene from the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. This painting was praised for its use of multiple male nudes in active poses. Samson is one of few Solomon paintings on regular display, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Some other Solomon paintings that have received significant attention include Ajax and Cassandra (1886, illustration, right) and The Birth of Love (1896). Solomon became well known as an innovative portrait artist by the time he painted Mrs Patrick Campbell as 'Paula Tanqueray' (1894), her role in Arthur Wing Pinero's The Second Mrs Tanqueray, and went on to paint a number of portraits of well-known people, including the architect Sir Aston Webb, and later in life, the royals King George V, Queen Mary, and Prince Edward (later King Edward VIII). Solomon was also in demand as a book illustrator, particularly adventure books. In 1914, Solomon authored The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing." from video introduction


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