The popular American painter Thomas Kinkade was known for his sweeping realistic, pastoral scenes. His prints generated $130 million in sales and (according to his company) you could find a copy of a Kinkade hanging in one out of every 20 homes in America.
With his trademarked phrase “Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light™,” he created a lot of paintings with idyllic natural settings of gardens, streams and twee stone cottages featuring twinkly lights. Totally not where you’d expect to find a modernist home slam dunked centre stage.
A recent Tweet prompted the question; “Does anyone do paintings of Modern buildings in the style of Thomas Kincade [sic]?”. Architect and Twitter user @Robyniko took up the challenge, and created a series of his favorite modernist buildings with a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the blissfully bucolic countryside.
The pastoral look and feel of the paintings featuring sharp modernist homes such as Philip Johnson’s Glass House create an odd pairing. Odd but highly enjoyable.
“Just in “case” you’re interested in bucolic river views and drinking water straight from your very own stone well, here is Charles and Ray Eames’ charming Case Study Cabin the Eighth.”
Here’s a look at what the Eames Case Study houses would look like plopped next to a quaint stream. As one Twitter user pointed out, a lot of the houses are all susceptible for flooding given their prime waterfront locations.
The Farnsworth House, constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951, was created so that home owners could enjoy nature. It’s only fitting to see it overlooking this dappled brook, tempered with a twilight filter.