Capturing the Essence of Childhood

There is something about the way Mark captures the essence of children whether it be in his painting or his photography. Recently Claudia Moscavi  (blogger at Fineartebooks.com and Postromanticism.com) succinctly sums it better than I ever could. Here is a snippet of what she had to say about Mark’s Art. You can read it in its entirety at Fineartbooks.

I find it rather extraordinary that we commemorate through art important historical events, war heroes, authors and political leaders, yet we rarely commemorate in art what is most important to most of us: our family lives and our children. During the 19th and 20th centuries, depicting children in art was usually relegated to female painters (most notably, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot) or depicted with unsettling undertones of sexuality, as is the case in Balthus’s controversial paintings.

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The figurative painter Mark Lovett commemorates through his beautiful paintings and photographs what matters most to so many of us: our children. Mark Lovett depicts children,  particularly girls, during the years (between 3 and 12) when they are old enough to appreciate family activities yet young enough to still enjoy the company of their parents. The subject of family and children is inherently personal, so I will mention one personal note, which is part of the reason why I’m so touched by Mark Lovett’s art. I remember with great fondness the many activities my husband and I did with our children, Alex and Sophie, when they were younger: apple orchards, zoo trips, museums, Renaissance fairs, art camps, cub scouts, hiking and vacations in so many beautiful places around the world. The kids, and their joie de vivre, added enormous pleasure and sense of meaning to our lives.

The question is whether or not these are paintings or photographs…can you tell? In either case they are a testament to Mark’s abilities in capturing the essence of childhood.

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This painting is available at Rehs Galleries, New York.

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I love a little B&W!

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Call us today at 301 873 4701 for a consultation and let us commemorate your special little ones in either a painting or photograph! It would be a piece of Art to treasure for a life time.

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