Here are nearly 200 posts on Jan and Cora Gordon; famous travellers, writers, artists and musicians in the first half of the 20th century. They were articulate witnesses to the cultures and events of Europe and the USA from before WW1 to just after WW2. The abundance of primary materials presented here should make this a powerful resource for researchers. For a structured overview of the lives and works of the Gordons, please visit: http://www.pbase.com/hajar/art_of_jan_and_cora_gordon
Perhaps these are just doodles, but they almost have the feel of fashion drawings. For example, "Features from August 1929 and Spring 1930 in Britannia and Eve depicted the high modernity of late 1920s fashions in the popular illustrative style of the period, with abstracted, sharply delineated faces drawn in side or three-quarter profiles. Shoulders were square, figures were long and slim with few curves." (Buckley & Fawcett 2002).
Entertaining to discover these fragmentary sketches and sense their spontaneity.
Gordon begins with, "To understand sufficiently how the Ostwald Colour system was constructed and to understand how it may be used is not, I believe, as difficult as many would have us think."
The book cover
He recommends the system to artists, "making them more keenly aware of the properties of colours in harmonious associations" and also for use in schools, "by helping pupils to realise what a colour is, what it can do and how it may be combined with other colours."
The achromatic scale and the 8 hues and 24 colour circle (left)
and isotint, isotone and isovalent circles (right)
"The Ostwald system creates a colour space based on dominant wavelength, purity, and luminance, mapping the values of …
in 1966 Myron Nutting remembered Jan and Cora Gordon as among the friends in Paris that they enjoyed the most, "because they were really good fun ... and also were highly cultivated people with interests in all sorts of things. They were good musicians. He was well educated and could discuss any subject, and he saw the humor of life."
"They were not producing anything of any vast importance but they enjoyed doing their work, which was writing. They made their living with their books, and every year they got out a travel book. Also h…
The Slade Strawberry Picnic on 23 June 1905, image courtesy of the UCL archive team. Cora Josephine is in the group.
In "A Girl in the Art Class," the character Raymonde (representing Cora Josephine Turner) comments that,"My three years at Lyceum Hall and at Edals were happy ones because I never stopped to think."
A selection of Cora Josephine's subsequent art works can be seen here.