Sunday, July 15, 2007

Frederick Polley in New Orleans #2

Indiana artist and printmaker Frederick Polley loved the city of New Orleans and found great inspiration in its narrow streets, it's crowded market areas, and it's unique international culture. A master at capturing the art of architecture wherever he travelled, it is for his rendering of houses, buildings, city structures, and urban landscapes that he is perhaps best known.

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These two drawings, copied here from newsprint, were published in the Indianapolis Star in the 1940's. He had a regular column feature in the newspaper at that time and usually included a few well-tuned paragraphs describing the subject or location of the week. He would often muse about its history, prominence, or its beauty in an unpretentious and appreciative, even a poetic tone.

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Frederick Polley was well-known and well-liked in the New Orleans art community and upon invitation, exhibited a number of his works at the New Orleans Art League show in 1943. For more information about him, and other examples of his work, click on the appropriate label in the list of categories.

Frederick Polley is one of my ancestors and, when possible, my family collects his artwork.

If you see any, please let me know!


IzzyBeth said...

There is one on ebay right now. :-)

FYI - Steve has my email, and he can give it to you - I just don't want to post it on here.

Barry Pike said...

Yep...I got my eagle eye on that one. Thanks for pointing it out, though.

That one is different than any of the others we have. Most of them are delicate and detailed, not as broadly drawn as that one. The signature looks right, though. I'm sure it's legit.