I often joke with family and friends that I can find anyone or anything if I set my mind to do it. Here’s a case in point:
Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” on Broadway 2017
I watched this programme on PBS last Friday night. The show was a lot of fun, but something caught my eye: an abstract print in the background. (If you want to see it in action, check out the video at 23-25 seconds…)
The reason it caught my eye is because I have recently been part of a Facebook group called “Abstract” and a lot of the early pioneers had circular oil paintings in their art portfolios.
So I asked the group who might be the artist of the piece, and they were having trouble getting a glimpse of the posted PBS video. So I took a snapshot of it.
The lighting may have contributed to the subdued tone and pastel colouring, but I knew I’d seen this one somewhere before, and I needed to find it again.
The Search Ensued
There are a great many abstract artists and their work on the internet. I felt sure I could track it down, but the frames of reference were going to have to be very tightly defined in order for the Google Search engine to find it for me.
One of the “Abstract” group used her scrying ability to see what she could come up with. Her comment on it being from the 1960’s led my researches today.
After almost 2 hours I finally hit on the following Google Search line: “40’s abstract bisected concentric circles”. (Try it yourself, if you want to see what comes up.)
Finally, a direct hit, of sorts…
Rythme Coloré 1946 oil painting by Sonia Delaunay
This painting was originally listed by Pinterest as one by Robert Delaunay, but it is clearly signed by his wife, Sonia.
It is not an exact match for the “Present Laughter” one, but it definitely makes the search less fraught. I’ve narrowed it down to a date and an artist and a series (I suspect). If I want to continue, it should be easier now.
Why is this important?
Because I think I saw this painting at an art exhibition in Toronto when I was a very young child. My Mom used to take me on Sundays to any cultural events which were inexpensive.
Of course, my overriding memory is travelling on a Streetcar, but that’s a different story for another occasion.
Another mystery solved.