Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Francis Quirk and the Deco Style

While there is no question that Quirk was a great talent with a brush and that he painted beautifully, he is less recognized for his versatility. One example of this is his brief foray into the  Art Deco style. This linear modern style was popular in the 1920's and into the 30's. The term is an abbreviation of the name of a pivotal exhibition the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts that took place in 1925.

Below are two pastels executed by Quirk in the Art Deco style. The use of color is striking. We captured these images when we examined the folio at the 2016 Maine Auction. As to their purpose we can only guess. Could they be Adam and Eve first in the presence of God and then later, being banished from Eden? Or were they executed to illustrate a science fiction story? 

Quirk Artist  Pastel Two figures Adam and Eve
Art Deco Pastel by Francis Quirk

Quirk Artists Pastel  Quirk Drawing  Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden
Art Deco Pastel by Francis Quirk

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