Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Salon: A Favorite Painting or Two by William Strang (1859 - 1921)

Portrait of author and garden expert Vita Sackville-West

The Meeting Place

The Buffet  

Portrait of Panchita Zorolla

The Japanese Fan

Portrait of author John Masefield

Portrait of author Thomas Hardy

Portrait of C.R. Ashbee - charcoal and pastels

Beautiful etching of author Robert Louis Stevenson

Gorgeous Portrait of A Young Girl

William Strang Self-portrait

Willian Strang (1859 - 1921) was a gifted and prolific painter and etcher, born in Dumbarton, Scotland. He was primarily well known for his multiple etchings sometimes done in series to illustrate stories or allegorical poems, but also as solitary portraits. As you can see above, Strang's paintings were also rather fine and unique. To my eye, Strang was a master of psychological intensity, capturing the expression that told a tale if you look closely enough.

I'm new to Strang's work and I'm still researching him online, marveling all the while.

Photo of Wm. Strang at work by E.O. Hoppe - 1909

To learn more about William Strang please use this link. And this one. For whatever reason, there really isn't a tremendous amount of biographical information that I can find online for Strang. If you have a better link, please let me know.

William Strang - Self-Portrait

William Strang - Self-portrait, looking very much like a bemused and maybe disillusioned old man.

Disclaimer: The artwork in this post was culled from various sources online. I do not own any pertinent copyrights nor do I claim to. This post is strictly for educational and artistic enlightenment.


  1. This art work is absolutely gorgeous. I love the hats he painted on some of the women. What a talent. Thank you for sharing them. Pam

  2. Pam, you're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I try to do an art post every Saturday - more or less. :)

  3. I wasn't aware of William Strang's portrait paintings! They are gorgeous--very intense.

  4. The pencil sketches (as I think they are) of Thomas Hardy and Robert Louis Stevenson are really good. The art of pencil sketches, I suppose, lies in the shading. I have tried it before, never knowing when to stop shading!

    1. I have trouble with pencil as well. Though I still love to sketch and am always hoping the ink version will turn out as 'free'. Never happens.

  5. Very nice artwork. Gorgeous, especially the paintings of Vita Sackville-West and the other women.

    Quite interesting to see this here, but then the Saturday Salon is my weekly art education seminar!!!

  6. This art is by a wonderful artist, who, surprisingly, I never heard of.

    I especially like the paintings of women, Vita Sackville-West and the others. And the self-portraits.

    Thanks for another educational day.

  7. So pleased to see these beautiful paintings - I lived in William Strang's house in London and knew his son David, also an artist.

    1. You are fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to 'know' the artist a bit better. Strang was a wonderful painter. I'm very fond of his self-portrait.

  8. These works make my heart beat a little faster.....thank you for sharing Yvette.

    1. You're very welcome, Antonia. Strang was a wonderful artist.

    2. You're very welcome, Antonia. Strang was a wonderful artist.


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