Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Artist George Charles Aid

Artist George Charles Aid.
       George Charles Aid born in 1872 and died in 1938, studied in the St. Louis School of Fine Art. He worked as a staff artist for local newspapers before moving to Paris to further his education as a fine engraver and painter.
       "Practically from the beginning of his career as an etcher, Mr. Aid has had the attention and the encouragement of the public — the public which discriminates, and which enjoys picturesque and historic scenes simply and graphically placed by a skilled hand onto the copper plate.
       Born about thirty-five years ago in Quincy, Illinois, the artist received his earliest artistic training at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. Like most young artists, he drifted in due course to Paris, where he continued his studies under the teachings of Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.
       His painted canvases exhibited at the Paris Salon and at many important exhibitions in the United States have attracted attention by their sterling merit; but it is to his fame as an etcher that we desire to call attention at the present time.
       His etchings as well as his paintings have been admitted to the Salon, and in 1904 he received the award of a silver medal in the Department of Fine Arts at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.
       In 1906 a selection of his etchings was shown in an exhibition made by four young American artists at the American Art Association in Paris.
       Since that time, however, the artist has been the recipient of additional honors, proving that interest and enthusiasm in the work he is producing have not abated.
       Mr. Aid always tells his story clearly, forcefully and convincingly.
       He excels in composition. His plates always form a picture harmonious and pleasing, and this, added to the fact that he prints his own proofs, thereby assuring precisely the effect desired, accounts, in large measure, for his popularity.
       His subjects cover a fairly large area — scenes in Granada, Holland, Belgium, Venice, Florence, France, and of course Paris.
       Some of his most successful plates are those etched by the artist in the chateau country of the Loire — Blois, Amboise,
       Chenonceau, Azay-le-rideau and other famous places, which have been rendered with charm and insight.
       He has rendered the architecture of the chateaux faithfully, while not neglecting to impart the suggestion of romance which clings about these historic homes of Old France.
       His newer plates including scenes in Rouen, Beauvais, Carcassonne, Albi, and also the new Italian ones of San Remo and other places, have all the characteristics of his former prints, with the added strength that experience and study always bring to the artist who is ever striving to conquer new problems." H. H. Tolerton

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