Walk: No (too windy, little Ciwt would blow over)
|Janet Sobel, 1893-1968, painting at her Brooklyn home|
Once upon a time there was a married woman in her early 40's who picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She lay down on the floor of her Brooklyn living room and began painting images that reminded her of the people and folk and fairy tales when she was a little girl named Jennie Olechovsky in Ukraine.
|Janet Sobel, Untitled, c. 1941, watercolor and gouche on paper|
Pretty soon the people in her paintings started blending with the colorful vegetation around them.
|Janet Sobel, Disappointment, 1943, oil and sand on canvas, 25 x 29.5"|
Until they became rhythmic drips of paint pulsing with the vibrating energy of abundant life.
|(1893-1968)- Milky Way, 1945. Enamel on canvas. 44 7/8 x 29 7/8"|
Then, in 1946, a famous art dealer, Peggy Guggenheim gave this artist, now named Janet Sobel, a one person show in New York. And, as luck would have it, the exceedingly powerful art critic, Clement Greenberg, brought the fairly unknown artist, Jackson Pollock, to the show where they saw Sobel's vibrant, inventive splashed paint work. And the rest was history.