Color photography has now been around for several decades. Yet, many photographers still prefer to shoot using black and white film. Black and white adds its own special atmosphere to any subject matter. The indefinite shades of grey comprising such works seem to provide the images with a slightly inexplicable air. Moreover, the absence of color tends to heighten the composition making it much more striking. While photography still abounds with black and white images, this does not hold true for oil paintings. One exception is the relatively unknown artist W Burnett.
He truly understands the power of imagery rendered in black and white. While rumors state the Paris street scenes signed W Burnett or Burnett are actually the collaborative work of several artists in Mexico or China, there is no denying the draw of the works. The atmospheric quality of these paintings has fascinated buyers from all over the world. The works continue to sell in black and white while the colored oils lack the impetus and mood that draws aficionados to his style.
Yet, the compelling attraction of black and white extends beyond the traditional art world. In the world of fashion accessories, you can find some superb examples of wearable art, utilizing black and white effectively. These include superlative women's silk scarves. Coming in all shades of black, white and grey, these silk scarves also have something else in common with great art.
They are one-of-a-kind. Unique accessories, these silk scarves are designed and produced using age-old techniques. The patterns are painstakingly hand painted on 100% pure silk fabric. While many silk scarves are a riot of colors, the limit of the palette to black and white results in powerful designs of sophistication and elegance. The wearability and versatility of black and white hand painted silk scarves and hand-dyed silk shawls clearly demonstrates good value for a luxurious item. Unlike other silk scarves, you can match them easily with almost anything. As a result, you can wear the silk scarf again and again with a wide variety of outfits of different shades and hues.
A silk scarf in black, white and all the shades of grey between is ideal for that archetypal little black dress for evening or daytime events. You can also add it to your chic grey or black business outfit or to any outfit in peach, pink, red and a multitude of other colors. It will look absolutely stunning while providing you with an air of total chic sophistication. It is no easier to find black and white silk scarves than it is to locate a black and white oil painting. This, however, merely adds to a sense of uniqueness. The rarity of design adds to the appeal. Yet, although difficult to find and unusual, these lovely silk accessories are not expensive. You can easily afford this chance to capture your own extraordinary and exceptional fashion.
Frequently Asked Questions
who is "burnett".......the artist?
I have 1 large oil painting and 1 small oil painting signed "Burnett". They are both Parisian street scenes. I have had them both approx 20 years.
'There has been a lot of correspondence about this artist see http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=005m1X
regarding his identity. It might be worth for you corresponding with one of the people whose email addresses are given here to ask what they have found out.
Painting by Burnett - where- Paris?
I have a black and white oil painting on canvas without a frame. I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it or where it is set. It measures about 24x36 inches. It a street scene, possibly Parisean, showing two streets coming off what appears to be a square. One of the buildings shown is a 5 storey building with 2 domes an a glass shopfront with a canopy above below it. There are 17 figures in the painting, wearing hats with white blobs on them and they all seem to be wearing shawls and knee-length skirts/ coats. There style of dress appears like they are from the far east, even though they are in a western street. The technique seems to be a knife edge. The painting is signed BURNETT in the bottom right in black (the stem of the last T reaches down about 1 1/2 inches at a alight angle - the signature is in a wobbly arch shape.
Does anyone know anything more about where this painting is set, or who the artist(s) is /are?
Any help is appreciated!
There are records of a female, american artist, Caroline C. Burnett, who painted regularly in Paris in the late 19th Century. It seems she painted scenes such as the Moulin Rouge (possibly the site of your find), and the Eiffel Tower, and was a member of the Societe des Beaux-Arts, Paris.