Few things have changed the way we artists work than a sweet little doohickey created by John Goffe Rand.
Without his clever invention we would not have had a little group called the Impressionists. Abstract art would have been a mere glimmer in Hilma Af Klint’s eye.
|Kilma Af Klint 1907 The Ten Biggest No. 2, Tate Etc. Issue 27, Spring 2013, courtesy Tate.org.uk|
Landscape painters would still be wistfully looking out windows. Yellowstone would still be waiting for Thomas Moran.
Most recently, daily painters would find it impossible to make their quota.
Mr. Rand’s gift to artists and art lovers?
An apparatus for preserving paint. A collapsible paint tube.
|My stash. Notice the lack of pig bladders.|
And then…the tube. Claude Monet knew a good thing when he saw it and promptly hauled his easel, brushes and shiny new paint tubes out into the French country side.
|The artist herself enjoying painting outdoors.|
Mr. Rand, thank you. This deceptively simple gadget has allowed me access to a way of life that has been fulfilling, and I am deeply grateful.