Grady Harp Reviews “Paint it Blue”
May 12, 2015
Amazon.com Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp recently posted this review on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com
Paint it Blue by George Thomas Clark
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh to be a fly on the wall….
May 6, 2015
By Grady Harp
HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Controversial George Thomas Clark usually challenges our sense of perception about politics and historical figures as well as contemporary ones – Death in the Ring, The Bold Investor, Hitler Here, Obama on Edge, and Echoes from Saddam Hussein. He currently teaches English as a Second Language for adults in California, and has been a material handler, salesman, newspaper correspondent, and the publisher of a monthly tabloid of features and columns. In this current book he gives his capacious imagination full range and enters the minds of artists both dead and living and allows us to hear their perceptions of not only their work but also that of their compatriots and the history of art and style so f that time in which they lived.
How he came up with this idea is a puzzle: he obviously is an art lover and a knowledgeable art historian, but he also displays insights into the minds of creative people based as much on the paintings he sees as on his rather deep knowledge of their lives.
The results: a series of short stories, each about a particular figure who may or may not introduce the other people in their life cast, and the conversations are lively, funny, touching, and perceptive. From
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Picasso, van Gogh, to Paula Modersohn-Becker, Séraphine Louis, Lee Krasner, Diane Arbus, and on to Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, Otto Dix, Charles White, William H. Johnson, Renoir, Thiebaud, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Eakins (my favorite – because it so blatantly excludes the artist’s proclivity for young men!) and others.
This is a course in art history, the psychology of the artistic temperament, and a parody of sorts. George Thomas Clark simply writes VERY well. Grady Harp, May 15.