It looks like it was by Ben Abril. He has had some fun with the perspective. Very Charming.
Thanks for posting this
It is a nice painting in many ways. I'm amused, and more often annoyed that so many good artists fail to get a grip on the proportions of an old car, or are able to render wheels convincinbly. This one ain't bad, the distortions of the T seem to "go" with the liberties taken with the old house - still, I'd much prefer an original "Eagle" !
I would like this, sans the car, or with the car done to not be 16' tall
and looking like the front end was run into a brick wall.
I really like when painters can have their "license" and still capture
the imagery and feeling of the scene. This is most often UN-achieved
by having too many detail elements present, making the image outright
cliché. Perspective is another problem often seen.
This one comes so close to being right, but wow ... that car is something
I am pretty sure the Artist was not concerned with accurate depiction of a Model T Ford or of the house itself. Carpenters and architects might also be bothered by distortions and inaccuracies in the house. The whimsical skewing of the house has achieved a delightful feel. Mr. Bingham is a very accomplished artist who could go into much more detail of what is interesting about this painting.
As a draftsman and illustrator I try to make my paintings more accurate and some folks appreciate that. If I could carry off taking more liberties with the subjects I would. What we do and what we would like to do are sometimes very different. I expect Mr. Abril has made a great deal of money with his art.
There was another fellow who made a few dollars with his art and took liberties with his depictions.
I believe the OP picture would fall into the category of "impressionism". A style of artistic painting made very popular over a hundred years ago, and still carried on to this day, to more or lesser degrees.
Monet (or was it Manet?) was a leader of the impressionist movement. (Actually, that is a trick statement! It was BOTH!. Monet and Manet were different artists of the same era and artistic movement.)
The advent of photography was in part responsible for this trend. Before photography became practical, one of the hallmarks of good art was that it depict real people or events in a realistic way. To that end, the exactness of line and detail, as well as scale, was considered important. Whether the subject was an individual's portrait, a foxhunt with trees, horses, dogs, a dozen people and a fox, or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel? Even at close inspection, as well as taken in as a whole, it had to look right. Even if the subject was a fantasy.
As photography took the place of trained artists in recording real people and events, some true artists (people driven to create art regardless of making a living at it) seized the opportunity to break out a bit. The goal became to not make the line and detail accurate, but have the whole give the "impression" of what the artist was depicting. Looking closely at impressionist art shows little more than dabs and blobs of color, which when looked upon as a whole, from only a short distance, absolutely looks like lilies in a pond, or a Paris street scene. This later grew out further into the abstract art. There, fewer colors and extreme shapes still needed to look like something. There, Picasso was the master. But I tend to prefer Claude Monet. Actually, I tend to be more of a classicist. When it comes to artwork, I tend to like the great masters the most. Probably why I like Richard Eagle's work so much!
Sadly, and to my forever shame, in music and art, I have no talent. Cursed to love and appreciate.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Never cared much for the Plein Air style of painting, it's the same style that Claude Monet and William Wendt used. Always looked to me like somebody smeared Vaseline on their glasses as they painted something. But I must admit, this is a really good painting, the proportions are correct and everything is in the correct plain...I like it, did a nice job on the car too.
Methinks someone smeared Vaseline on YOUR glasses ! That car is 16 feet tall !!!
OT pop art
Seven Magic Mountains at dusk
Like some of the before and after pix I see of T "restorations" here,
I like the "before" version a lot better !
Most people liked them better before paint
Environmentally Friendly Seismic Activity Monitors.
The paint sucks!!!! The only taste some people have is in their mouth!
My uncle Mike Mhyervold painted this picture as a Christmas present for my father in 1955.
This photo of Dad's 1915 was always in an envelope taped to the back of the painting. It still is.
Also taped to the back of the painting is a photo of the house uncle Mike used for the painting, which is somewhere in Minneapolis.
Sorry for the quality of the images, the photos are quite old and tiny and faded.
The original Ben Abril painting shown above is for sale on Ebay for $950.
Jay, for some of us that taste in our mouths is vanadium.
It is fun to see Mike's painting Royce. The pictures and information make it all the more delightful.
Brian, thanks for that link. It is interesting to see what they are asking for it. That would be a bargain to some. I'll be spending my money on old cars parts.
I marvel that anyone can paint something which looks realistic! I don't have that talent, and would be the last one to criticize those who do.
The invention of the camera changed our appretiation of art. I have NEVER seen an artist's picture which looked as realistic as a photograph. However some do a very good job. I also think that we each see things a little differently, and who am I to criticize someone else's art work.
Any discussion of automotive art should at least mention Peter Helck, noted illustrator and contemporary of Norman Rockwell. He was the grand old man of "old car art" for decades, and the "real deal" when it came to cars. An avid antique car enthusiast, his knowledge of the cars and his great interest in them certainly showed in his many works that often featured great moments in motoring history in the early days. Anyone unfamiliar with his work should definitely take a look, I think you'll find it's a real treat !