20th century style


Chu Teh-Chun (朱德群) (1920–2014, China/France)

Abstract expressionist paintings 3

Chu Teh-Chun was a Chinese-French abstract painter. Chu and his schoolmates Wu Guanzhong and Zao Wou-ki were dubbed the ‘Three Musketeers’ of modernist Chinese artists trained in China and France, and were pivotal in creating a modern style of painting that synthesized both European and Chinese art traditions.

Chu’s style in particular combines brush strokes inspired by Chinese calligraphy and strong elements of European expressionism and tachism movements.

Givenchy Hat for Le Jardin des Modes, Paris
Frank Horvat (Italian; 1928– )
1958 (printed 1995)
Haus der Photographie, Sammlung F. C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany

Hours of Idleness by Lord Byron - 1807 with early 20th century jewelled Cosway-style binding by Sangorski Sutcliffe, the interior containing miniature portraits of Lord Byron and his ancestral home, Newstead Abbey. Original silk and velvet lined leather bound case.


Thomas Dewing (1851–1938, United States)

Oil paintings 3

Thomas Dewing was an American painter working at the turn of the 20th century. His style was influenced by the English aesthetic movement, which prioritised beauty and sensual qualities opposed to traditional moral or narrative considerations. His art became known for an extreme refinement of style, as well as its characteristic dream-like haze and detachment.

Nocturne - Lento
  • Nocturne - Lento
  • Robert Henry
  • Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz


Composer - Alexei Stanchinsky ( 1888 - 1914 )
Movements/Sections - Lento
Year/Date of Composition - 1907
Composer Time Period - Early 20th Century
Piece Style - Early 20th Century
Instrumentation - Piano

Performed By Pianist Robert Henry 


One of the things I absolutely LOVE about OTGW is the array of historical costumes that the characters wear! To my eye, the garments span the years between about 1650 and 1910. You have:

• Lorna and Auntie Whispers in staid Puritan garments and hoods (mid-to-late 17th century)

• The Tavern Folk in mid-to-late 18th-century clothing and wigs

• Marguerite Grey and Quincy Endicott in French Rococo and Georgian styles, respectively (I love that they make an interior design joke in this chapter!)

• Beatrice (in her human form) in a distinctly Regency style dress (circa 1790s-1810s)

• Miss Langtree, Jimmy Brown and the animal students in late-19th/early-20th century styles (note Miss Langtree’s Gibson Girl hairdo)

• The riverboat frogs in the dandy duds of the early 20th century

How utterly delightful!


Hiroshi Yoshida (吉田博) (1876–1950, Japan)

Yōga (Western-style) paintings

Hiroshi Yoshida was a 20th century Japanese painter and print-maker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style of ukiyo-e woodblock printing, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly known for his images of non-Japanese subjects done in traditional Japanese woodblock style, including the Taj Mahal, the Swiss Alps, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks in the United States.