Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Moscow's Red Square by Emerik Fejes

Moscow's Red Square by Emerik Fejes.

I have been to Moscow and Red Square but not recently. I was there in 1979. Lenin was on display in a coffin. I wonder if he still is?

Fejes must have painted this painting like the others, from a black and white picture postcard that he got somehow.

This was one of the many paintings that my parents bought and resold in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fejes' Painting of Big Ben in London

I would love to have this one. Its Fejes painting of the House of Parliament and the Big Ben clock in London.  I think it too was bought by parents and resold in the lat 60s early 1970s.

Painting of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Painting of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lexicon of World's Naive Painters by Anatole Jakovsky, 1976

This photocopy from a Lexicon published in 1976 has Emeric Fejes' bio and expositions.

Notice that it spells Emeric's first name with a C, not a K. There seems to be some disagreement about this.

I have no view and switch back and forth.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fejes of St Marks Square in Venice

This Fejes painting has hung in my parents house since I was 9 (which was in 1967).  Sure the house has changed a few times but this painting has always been there.

I visited Venice this past spring and the spot was instantly familiar to me.

Oddly, Emerik might have gotten some of the colors right. I wish I had taken a photo at the same angle to compare with the painting. Of course, I would have had to photoshop out all the people.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Not sure about this one.

I'm a great fan of the Fejes paintings made of great tourist sites. He also made some of farm landscape scenes.

I've never really warmed up to his abstract paintings like this one.

Maybe if I saw the original and it was the right size, it might speak to me but like so many things that I never really learned about, I'm not in any position to really appreciate non-representational art.

It's funny since just like music, I tend to like things that I like. I grew up with Fejes paintings, I like them. The music that I grew up with, I like.  I also grew up with a great deal of discussion of education, particularly science education, so I'm really comfortable with science. I attribute much of my interest in technology due to the time that I spent learning about science in first grade science, second grade science, and kindergarten science class. One fun fact about early science is that mothers and teachers tend towards teaching about the natural (ie biology) world whereas the core curriculum concept is much more focused on physics and technology.