Oil on Artist Board, “Spring’s Clarion”, Signed and Dated L/L “Marie Iden, 1944.”
By the 1940s, most of the academic influences of the Ecole des Beaux Artes had disappeared. These influences formed the structure of the highly illusionistic and mimetic painting of the 16th, 17th and 18th century. This set of influences does not, however, reflect a purely European vision. As early as the 17th century, Japanese and Chinese art had an untold aesthetic impact on European Academic art. The echo of what the French called “chinoiserie” is evident in this pared back floral arrangement, which has visual resonances in ikebana. The roughshod brushstrokes and interest in alternate aesthetics points to an influence, however protracted, from Van Gogh.