History And Context


Sometime after 1911 Tack’s style began to shift. He began to apply his colors in a manner that playfully stitched a network of staccato dashes laid on the canvas in thick impasto somewhat reminiscent of Prendergast. This style is evident in Allegro Giocoso where he works with unblended pigments thickly laid in side by side in horizontal or radiating daubs to create a jewel-like effect. In this painting he records his family life in Deerfield, depicting not only his wife and children, but even the family dog. The pastoral and intimate mood of the canvas is enhanced by the twilight sky painted with soft tones of white fading to pink.

Tack’s pointillist technique in this work relates not only to Prendergast, but also to the French artist Georges Seurat and to Vincent van Gogh. Tack understood the “neoimpressionist” origins of his technique, writing: “Colors…placed in juxtaposition, pure and broken…at a certain focus…mix in the eye, give a sensation of solidity and envelopment more vivid and vital than conventional painting.” He traveled to France in this period to absorb first hand the more recent avant-garde styles.

More Works by Augustus Vincent Tack In the Collection


Allegro
Augustus Vincent Tack
1929
Andante
Augustus Vincent Tack
1929
Balance
Augustus Vincent Tack
1929

Twilight
Augustus Vincent Tack
ca. 1898-ca. 1902
Blue Oval
Augustus Vincent Tack
before 1934
Canyon (The Valley)
Augustus Vincent Tack
1914

Canyon
Augustus Vincent Tack
ca. 1923-ca. 1924
Deerfield, Spring Landscape
Augustus Vincent Tack
ca. 1898-ca. 1902
Musical Reverie
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated