30 August 2010

"Make Every Line Count" - Pedro de Lemos

Another student of Arthur Wesley Dow's at Pratt Institute in New York, Pedro de Lemos (1882-1945) is known as an artist of the west coast, particularly the Monterey Peninsula, on view in these woodblock prints, made the 1920s. 

What gives the cypress trees of Monterey their sublime aspect is the way that they make visible the sculpting power of the wind that bends the trees and erodes the soil, making them cling to the cliff sides. There is drama in these images and a sense of impermanence in this large, rocky landscape, suggested by the artist's rather romantic titles.

Pedro de Lemos was instrumental in organizing the graphic arts at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He taught design and architecture at Stanford University and was the first director of the Carmel Art Association in 1927. He also founded the Allied Artists Guild in Menlo Park. The stucco home he designed for himself at Palo Alto, Hacienda de Lemos, has been lovingly restored to his original intentions.

1. Old Pines At Monterey, c. 1915, American Federation of the Arts, NYC.
2. The Golden Hours,  1920, from, Applied Art, Pacific Press Publishing Association.
3. Top Of The Hill, no date, American Federation of the Arts, NYC.
4.Sleepy Heads - undated, Trotter Galleries, Carmel, CA>


Rouchswalwe said...

These bring back fond memories of a stretch of the Kyushu coast near the town of Karatsu, where the last grove of black pines is protected. The wind-sculpted shapes are similar. The names sing with poetry.

Jane said...

I haven't been to Japan -and I don't think de Lemos went there either - but I have been to Monterey, and these images ring true. Something similar appears in the works of the Frenchman Henri Riviere. He looked at ukiyo-e prints and saw seomthing of Brittany in them.

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Moira Ladd said...

this is really interesting i am always interested in artists styles from the past. you may like to check out my blog as i have been told my work is very art nouveau, and there is another artist you may like to check out. C.R.W. Nevinson. he was mostly a war artist but does some fantastic cubism kinda stuff. also the squiggly trees. keep up the interesting work.