Sunday, September 16, 2018

Julius C. Rolshoven


Julius C. Rolshoven, Model Reclining and Reading a Sketchbook
Julius Rolshoven (1858-1930) was a Detroit-born artist who studied in Europe. He is best known for his paintings of women and Native Americans.


He joined a group of high-spirited artists called the "Duveneck Boys" in Florence, enchanted by Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto. He bought and fixed up a dilapidated Tuscan castle known as "The Tower of the Devils."


He bounced around Europe for a while, studying in Paris, and finally landed in the Taos art colony in New Mexico.
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Read the biography at the Gerald Peters Gallery
Wikipedia article on Julius Rolshoven

6 comments:

rock995 said...

I wonder if Gerald Peters has any of his paintings from Tuscan days or only Taos stuff.

Wil said...

Do you believe that with all the resources we have these days, using the internet, various books and observation one could become a prominent artist such as yourself or Norman Rockwell? I’m currently attending art school, but find it slow and lacking, as well as not believing it is worth travelling three hours a day for. I studied your videos closely as well as many painters and illustrators also doing observational work. I started drawing in January 2018, and got many comments on how realistic I draw and how it is surprising I managed to establish my own line and my own characteristics in such a short period of time. Did you learn most of the things you know by being out there drawing in the field?
I would also like to take the time to tell you that you are one of the greatest illustrators I have ever put my eyes on.

James Gurney said...

Wil, it's a good question, and I'd like to recommend a previous post that addresses it: https://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2017/12/how-did-you-prepare-for-your-career.html

Wil said...

Thank you James!

Peter Drubetskoy said...

Is that really the title: "... reading the sketchbook"? Not that some artists don't write in their sketchbooks, but it is definitely not universal and at least form this small image I cannot tell if any words are visible on that page. Just curious...

James Gurney said...

Peter, that's the title they give it on Wikipedia and El Paso Museum of Art, which has the painting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Rolshoven#/media/File:Julius_Rolshoven_-_%27Nude_-_Model_Reading_a_Sketch_Book%27,_oil_on_canvas,_c._1900,_El_Paso_Museum_of_Art.jpg
Maybe there's writing in there as well as sketches.