Jerome Myers - Wonderland (n.d.)
L. S. Lowry - Childrens Playground (1945)
For today's December Double I would like to share two works depicting children at play, each scene brought to life by the artists' creative style. 'Wonderland' by American Ashcan School painter Jerome Myers and 'Children's Playground' by English painter L. S. Lowry both possess a striking, other-worldly quality, each providing a unique interpretation of their respective subjects. Whereas Myer's work feels fuzzy and dreamlike, with a soothing brushwork and dark blue palette, Lowry's painting has a very rough and uniform approach, with solid, dark lines emphasized against solid white.
One could describe Myer's approach as more inviting and pleasant to the eye, transforming a standard carnival scene into a serene experience, while Lowry's sticklike rendering of the children, lined up one after the other on the ladder leading up to the slide, bears resemblance to widgets traveling through as assembly line, a quality complimented by the ridged city shown in the background. Furthermore, Myer’s painting depicts lighthearted interactions, including a mother and child at the far left and various children either holding hands or frolicking, while a majority of Lowry’s figures don’t seem to be interacting as much as occupying the same space while preoccupied with their own activities.
That’s my interpretation, at least.