Edwin P. Turnquist

Mondrian Burglar

The Edwin P. Turnquist quoted on the main Mondrian page is a splendidly curmudgeonly fictional painter in Block's novel, The Burglar who Painted like Mondrian

"Just a handful of good painters this century. Mondrian, of course. Picasso, maybe five percent of the time, when he wasn't cocking around. But five percent of Picasso is plenty ... Who else? Pollack. Frank Roth. Trossman. Clyfford Still. Darragh Park. Rothko, before he got so far down he forgot to use color."

I have tried to find examples of the work of the painters listed and have not been entirely successful.

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Picasso (1881-1973)
Well everyone knows him. I'll put a few of my favourites here.

That bottom is brilliant, four lines create a perfect image. And a few more sqiggles with a felt tip gives you Sancho Panza.
Picasso Picasso
Pollack (1912-1956)
There is a stained glass artist Pollack (the web site, kissmyglass has died), but let's assume he meant Pollock. The first version of this site stated, 'Looking at it again, my hardback Book Club edition refers to Pollack, but a later paperback specifies Pollock. I'll leave the first link in anyway as it is a nice site with some Mondrian influence.' Shame it's gone.

Regarding the second image (Stenographic Figure, 1942, in May 1943 Mondrian was invited to sit on the jury for a Guggenheim exhibition Spring Salon for Young Artists. This picture, which Guggenheim dismisses, draws his [PM's] attention as "the most exciting painting that I have seen in a long, long time, here or in Europe". (Piet Mondrian, Bullfinch Press, 1994, page 83)
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Frank Roth (1936-)
Seems to be most famous as a baseball player. Link

But I also found this one,

A Chair Contemplating Christianity, Acrylic on canvas, 1987; Signed and initialed Frank Roth F.R. lower right and signed and dated Frank Roth July, Aug. 1987 upper left, verso and signed again Frank Roth lower left, verso and titled "A Chair Contemplating Christianity" #18 upper right, verso; Dimensions 72" x 43"; Framed; Frame 72 5/8" x 43 3/8"; $20,000; Layaway for only $2000/month!
I had drawn a blank on this one. But found the answer just after I had set up this page. The dedication in Block's book is shown right

The best link I can find for MT features tasteful B&W nude photography. insomnia
This is for
with special thanks to
who taught me how to prepare the canvas
who helped me assemble the frame
Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
1957-D, No. 1,1957
Oil on canvas, 113 x 159"
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, 1959

Clyfford Still was something of a maverick in the art world. In many cases, he disdained or was infuriated by anyone who tried to interpret his work, including art critics, art historians, patrons, and museum curators. His attitude about art and artmaking was romantic and passionate, and he did not believe that most people understood or properly appreciated his work. Link
Darragh Park (1939-2009)
The original (2001) entry was "References, but no pictures", but the web has grown since and I found one here.
Darragh Park
Rothko (1903-1970)
Born in Dvinsk, Russia, he became a leading Abstract Expressionist, using the rectangle of large-scale canvases for a one-color ground, visible along the edge and through occasional openings, showing three or four horizontal blocks of color with brushed surfaces and fuzzy borders.

He used thinned oil paint in many layers, achieving the effect of watercolor which he had used so often before. He created simple, flat shapes which, for him, showed a relationship between primitive art and myths cast into working through his own personal experiences. His work expressed drama and violence, suggesting both serenity and conflict.

The National Gallery of Art, Washington has a terrific online presentation of Rothko's work.

There is a not-inexpensive Catalogue Raisonne available from Amazon US and UK.

In May 2002 I was honoured by a note from the Great Man (Mr Block) himself,

"Re the painters---the three you're not familiar with are friends of mine. Frank Roth is an abstract expressionist, essentially, whose work has faded from view somewhat in recent years, but is represented in several museum collections. Darragh Park is a photorealist; I've lost touch with him of late so don't know what his recent work looks like. And Michael Trossman is primarily an illustrator, though a very painterly one."

And in an interview here, Block reveals that,

"My wife's an artist, and my mother and stepfather were both accomplished painters. And I painted a Mondrian of my own almost 20 years ago, figuring I'd never be able to own an original, and how hard could it be? That's what gave me the idea for that book."

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Original page September 2001, rewritten October 2010