Dottists, spottists, and bitumenists
Post #1407 • October 19, 2009, 8:28 AM • 28 Comments
Hilary Spurling, The Unknown Matisse:
Matisse also spent a night at Pont-Aven, which had served for the past decade and more as an unofficial open-air annex to the Académie Julian, swarming all summer with would-be academicians. "Wherever you may wander within a radius of fifteen miles," wrote Menpes's daughter Dorothy, "you cannot stop at some attractive prospect without hearing an impatient cough behind you, and, turning, finding yourself obstructing the view of a person in corduroys and flannel shirt, with a large felt hat, working, pipe aglow, at an enormous canvas." The pools, rocks and waterfalls of the gentle wooded slopes round Pont-Aven were endlessly reproduced in every Parisian style up to and including Impressionism, Symbolism and pointillisme. "There were the Dottists," wrote Dorothy Menpes, "who painted in a series of dots. There were also the Spottists - a sect of the Dottists whose differentiation was too subtle to be understood. Then there was the Bitumen school, a group of artist who never painted anything but white sunlit houses with bitumen shadows."