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Rembrandt, Lloyd Kline, Myself and Nan – Other Peoples Art

May 5, 2019

We recently watched a three part BBC documentary entitled Looking for Rembrandt. One of the points they made that we've never seen noted before is the extent of his collection of art, especially seascapes, by other artists, irregardless of whether they could or could not be considered successful artists. He loved art and his home was filled with it. This from one of the greatest masters of all time.

As anyone who visits this blog knows, I occasionally add to my Other Peoples Art section. Not every good artist becomes known and not every known artist is worth collecting (unless art worthiness can be measured in dollars). Beyond that, most of us inconsistent artists occasionally produce something worthy and collectable – our own collection is full of such pieces from local artists.

This posting's focus is on a slightly different kind of artist. Thirty years ago now, getting started with my B&W photography and doing the Brandywine Arts Festival in Wilmington, Delaware, we came across a local poet who marketed his work as printed, matted and sometimes framed pieces. He offered a trade, so we wound up taking home a collection of two dozen of these – all fairly short but wonderful pieces in 8X10 matts, ready to frame.

We just learned that Lloyd W. Kline died in 2016. Sadly, a search on line has found no reference whatsoever to his poetry (we know he was an English teacher at the time). A seemingly unrecognized, let alone un-noted artist. I'm not really sure about any right to post the "text" of any of the poems here, but since he sold them as mounted, matted and framed works of "art", I'm pretty sure there shouldn't be an issue with celebrating our collection by photographing a couple of those and posting them.

I let Nan select the examples here – although "The Crow" was an automatic choice for me . One thought that keeps coming to mind is of finding someone to illustrate the set in charcoal and putting them into some sort of book… I'm just not sure how to even begin to go about that, unless it would be just for us and the contributing artist. Something to ponder.

I'm certainly not a Rembrandt, but I can relate to his appreciation for and need to be surrounded by art that he enjoys, completely disregarding the signature. Lloyd Kline's work is part of our world.