Landscapes and other fine art



What makes art "fine"?

In a 1976 interview, Walter Haskell Hinton distinguished between “easel painting for hanging in homes” and commercial art, which “was looked down upon” by others. While he admired fine art, he believed that fine artists often were pressured to develop a single style and repeat that style whether they liked it or not, so that buyers could have prestigious paintings their guests could recognize.

Hinton said he preferred commercial art, which offered more of a challenge because it constantly required him to master different styles and subject matter. From time to time though, he would paint something for his own amusement. These were usually seascapes or landscapes, which he had learned while studying with the French-born painter Albert Fleury.

Some landscapes he worked up from photographs taken on his long vacation trips, such as his view of Sculptor's Studio in Bryce Canyon, Utah. With his strong visual memory, however, he was able to work from recall as well. To date, neither sketches for landscape paintings nor records of painting on site have surfaced.



Sailboat, oil on canvas, painted as a gift for his son who jokingly had asked for a yacht for his birthday. Below: Near Lake Calumet before development, where Hinton's parents used to picnic. Oil on canvas.



Forest scene


Sculptor's Studio, Bryce Canyon, Utah, oil on canvas

In his photo album he wrote, "Bryce Canyon, a bewildering array of fantastically eroded forms splashed and daubed in an unbelievable riot of color."




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