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My impressions about E E Cummings paintings E E Cummings gained tremendous popularity throughout the 20th century His poetry was widely hailed for its experimental form typography grammar and word coinages as well as for the subtlety and sensitivity of its perceptions and feeling His non-fiction prose was praised for its bitter wit and for the clarity and forcefulness of its expression revealing Cummings as an intelligent critical observer and chronicler of the modern who bound to no school of writing expresses himself as an idiosyncratic individualist However less well-known are Cummings achievements as a visual artist and the extent to which they express in an entirely different medium the same aesthetic principles and precise artistic intelligence that inform his poetry Cummings viewed himself as much as a painter as a poet Cummings spent a greater portion of his time painting than writing he also produced thousands of pages of carefully thought-out notes concerning his own aesthetics of painting color - theory analysis of the human form the intelligence of painting reflections on the Masters etc While achieving substantial acclaim as an American cubist and abstract avant-garde painter in the years between the wars he later viewed the artistic establishment as hopelessly anti-intellectual and dropped out of the New York gallery scene devoting the remainder of his life to painting representational work landscapes nudes still lives and portraits When I investigated Cummings paintings I noticed that many of the paintings in his collection display wild exuberant and sometimes nearly fantastic use of color His landscapes yield the greatest variety of experimentation regarding technique and approach to the subject Many of the landscapes are rather weirdly surreal and muted or else bursting with mad swirls of brilliant colors The dominant subject among landscapes are mountains but in still lifes - flowers However he painted also numerous interior scenes All in all I can say that his paintings are very vivid and full of amazing mixture
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