Theme/Style Still lifes
Artistic Focus Leslie Buck’s still lifes focused on the beauty of materials such as glass, copper, ceramics, textiles and pottery, and she achieved distinction for the classical values and consummate skill associated with her work. She said that she preferred to sit unhurriedly and meditate on her subjects, resulting in an accomplished technique – and elegantly beautiful work. Buck’s still lifes often included Oriental subjects and incorporated subtle light effects, prompting one critic to describe her as “a master painter of chiaroscuro, the blending of light and shadow.”
• Born Leslie Helen Binner near Chicago
in 1907, Leslie Buck enrolled in night classes at the Chicago Art Institute
while working a day job as a secretary.
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