Sir William Russell Flint, A Master Of Watercolour.-freelander2

Arts-and-Entertainment Flint, regarded as one of the premier watercolour artists in the world was born to Scottish parents in the year 1880. Flint lived from 1880 to 1970 and was active in preparation of his autobiography when he passed away just short of his 90th birthday. That autobiography, titled In Pursuit, has had one edition of 1050 copies, with Ralph Lewis publishing two biographies of Russell Flint based on the information therein. His mother was Jane Russell Flint – amongst the first of Scottish female civil servants and his father, Francis Wighton Flint, was a ticket writer and an illuminator. He also had 2 siblings – a brother and a sister. He was fortunate enough to attend the Edinburgh, Royal school of art, where he was able to learn many techniques and produce the work he loved to paint. On completion, he served a six-year apprenticeship with a large printing works in Edinburgh as lithographic artist and a designer. When he reached his twenties he moved to London to work as a medical illustrator. As a consequence his new work became one of design and illustrating for magazines. Joining the Illustrated London News in 1903, he recorded current events until 1907. The wide distribution of the Illustrated London News within the erstwhile British Empire and, the vastness of the empire itself – led to his talents being showcased across the globe. His First book illustrations were for King Solomon’s Mines in 1905, followed by Of the Imitation of Christ in 1908, Song of Songs and various other works culminating in the splendid four volumes, 48 plates, Le Morte D’Arthur in 1910 – 1911. He illustrated many well known books until the first world war began. Commissioned during the war, he was taken back to his native Scotland which gave him the opportunity to paint a watercolour called Hilda’s Bonnet on the fragment of a HM airship which he commanded. Post the war, William’s artistic career took off and he became a full-time artist. He moved from London to mainland Europe – traveling through France and Spain and producing watercolours to reflect the local culture. In between the World Wars, his ascendance into prominence as an artist reflected in his entréwas first accepted into the Royal Watercolour Society as an associate, later as a full-time member and finally became the President in the 1930s. It is also evidenced by him being featured in two books – Famous Etchers and Famous Watercolour Painters. Post the War, Russell Flint moved back to England beginning perhaps an even more successful chapter in his artistic journey. These were shown not simply just his artistic productions, but also other paths. Flint was successful enough to indulge in his other passion – drawing. He even published a large volume consisting of studies, sketches and plain-air paintings called Drawings. Flint was knighted in 1947 by then king, King George VI. Twenty one thousand visitors attended his exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Sir William Russell Flint died in December 1969, aged 89. His watercolours were of a style and class that have yet to be surpassed by any other proffessional watercolourist. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: