Sir William Russell Flint
Sir William Russell Flint
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SirWilliam Russell Flint- A brief history
Russell Flint was well known as a Scottish artist, namely for the drawings and watercolours he created during the course of his art career. Most of the watercolour paintings he painted, and was best known for, featured the model Cecilia. The mediums he would often use, were Tempera, watercolour and oil paints. Other mediums that Mr. Russell Flint was also known to have used during the course of his career were red chalk and pencil.
The education Mr. Russell Flint received includes: - an apprenticeship as a lithographic draftsman , while he was taking classes at Royal Academy of Art (Edinburgh). - Working as a medical instructor, while taking part time classes at Heatherley's Art School; and, - Studying independently at the British Museum. Upon completion of his studies, Russell Flint began work as an artist for the London News (1903 to 1907). He also published various watercolours for a number of books, which depicted some of his early works in the art form he perfected.
Russell Flint was also the President of Britain's Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. During the course of his work, and throughout the course of his career, Russell Flint got much influence in the works he created from his visits to Spain. During his visits, he became extremely interested in the Spanish dancers, and the art form which they were working in. During his career, he also depicted many of these dancers in a number of the watercolours that he created and sold. Russell Flint did enjoy some commercial success for the works he did throughout his career as well, but he did not receive too much from the art critics of his time. Many did not appreciate the nature of his work, nor the way he depicted the female figure and body in the works that he produced and let out to the general public.
For those who enjoy the many Russell Flint art works, and the watercolours that have been produced by the artist, there are a variety of ways to purchase signed prints of his work online (through a reputable dealer), through museums, and through galleries and retail outlets as well.Russell Flint is arguably, one of the greatest watercolour painters of the last century, and although not appreciated by all, his works do sell for rather high prices, due to the elaborate design and nature. The paintings he produced and the design features, detail and design styles, and the unique nature of the works that he created during his career, are all reasons his work is highly sold and publicized.
Other sources claim that Russell Flint received much of the influence for his work from France, and not Spain, as many articles claim. He enjoyed painting in the open air, and applying board washes over charcoal outlines, to give his work a unique design, texture, and appearance. When designing his work, he would initially only design the layout and the outline, leaving figures and characters out of the work. He would then, upon returning to London, create the characters, and at his own leisure time, would complete the painting with the figure of choice for the work he chose to depict in any particular background. Russell Flint was also a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. In 1947 he was also knighted, for the services to art he had developed during the course of his career.
In his earlier works, Sir William developed a fascination for different characters and figures which he would include in many of the watercolours he created. From ballerinas, to dancers, and acctresses, he appreciated the female form, and all the beauty that came along with it. Cecillia Green is however the model that he is most associated with, and the woman that has had the most influence on the many art pieces he had created during the course of his career in art. For the 15 years after he met her in 1953, she became a muse to all of his art work, and to the many pieces he painted, and she became one of the most widely seen figures in the many pieces he created over the years.
Regardless of the work he created, Russell Flint was very strict about the quality of the printing, and expected the highest standards for all of the works that were republished and sold. He did appeal to the masses, and he designed pieces that fell in line with what most collectors were looking for in a watercolour painting. With many pieces in print, he was one of the highest selling painters of his time, and still today, he has sold more watercolour designs than many other artists who have gone through the same type of work, due to the fact that he learned what collectors were looking for in a piece, and he designed the art work that he created around those central images and scenes that most sold.
Russell Flint painted and continue to do work until his death in 1969. The pieces he created during the later years of his career were limited, and are some of the most desired pieces from his collections, due to the fact that there were so few in circulation, that true collectors wanted to own some of his later works. Limited edition paintings still were still being sold after his death, and today, paintings are still reproduced due to the demand by collectors who love the work and the style in which Russell Flint created his most famous pieces.
Today collectors and fans of his work can purchase highly collectable and sought after signed prints. Limited edition prints are an excellent way of enjoying the work which are produced to a very high standard, if the cost of an original watercolour is too prohibitive. Whether you are a admirer of Russell Flint and his work, a fan of watercolours, or are simply a collector who is looking for the rarest pieces, there are many pictures in the collection he has amassed during the course of his career. As one of the most well known watercolour painters, collectors of art usually own, or want to purchase one of the many pieces that has been created by Russell Flint during his illustrious career.
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