On Parade by Louis Stone

Louis Stone, (1902-1984), "On Parade", oil on canvas, H.40.25 x W. 30.25 inches. James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Janet and Lawrence C. Stone.

Louis King Stone, a member of the New Hope's group of the Independents, is known for his abstract, non-objective paintings. While most of his work is oil on canvas, he also experimented with gouaches in earlier paintings, using them in a range from thin washes to opaquely applied mixtures of color with white. His style fluctuated between flat, decorative abstraction and more fluid, spatial ordering of planes. Stone's later work, following a trip to Mexico in 1950, exhibits vibrant colors with firmly controlled designs in which the shapes are more solid and spatially organized. A native of Ohio, Stone studied at the Cincinnati Academy of the Fine Arts, and later with abstract impressionist Hans Hoffmann in Germany and France. While abroad in 1935, Stone met New Hope painter Charles Evans, who convinced him to move to Bucks County, where they became colleagues in the group known as the Independents. The group was an offshoot of the New Group of modernist painters that had formed in 1930 as a response to the conservatism of the impressionists and their juried shows at Phillip's Mill. In 1938, Stone, Evans, and Charles Ramsey started the Cooperative Painting Project, a visual "jam session" held every Thursday afternoon, at which the three artists would collaborate to produce a single painting, under their joint name "Ramstonev."

Text from the Michener's Bucks County Artists' Database.