Following on from the previous post is another wonderful expression and meditation on the mystery of life from the sister of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Art doesn’t get much better than this. This painting gives great poetic expression to the mystery of life. No matter how many answers you have, there is always another realm of mystery beyond. I remember seeing a stylized painting of a pumpkin many years ago and I had a similar feeling, thinking it was the […]
Malevich’s Black Square has a certain classical beauty about it. Although black, it doesn’t seem to reference any dark subject matter. It is more about aesthetics; the result of an aesthetic journey by Malevich to take out all trace of the object in painting and leave only “pure feeling”. Running Man is a different story. The […]
Today, because of our familiarity with geometric abstraction in art, we kind of expect a painting titled “Black Square” to be square. So why is Malevich’s “Black Square” not a measured and ruled black square, but instead is oddly a little out of shape and probably should be called a “Black Quadrangle”? We are now […]
Ludwig Bemelmans directed a lot of his energy to illustrating and writing children’s books, but in his work we also see his great talent for design and color! It is this artistic talent which helps to explain his popularity with adults as well as children. His ability as a colorist looks equal to that of […]
I hadn’t heard of this artist until I saw this painting. I’m not sure if the epithet “Prince” is actually significant but his father was Russian, also a “Prince”, and Paul was born in Italy where he lived until 1897 when he moved to Moscow and was successful as a sculptor. At some point, about […]
Compared to the artists in the previous two posts, Miró and Baechler, whose subject comes from a more ad-lib, improvisational approach, Albert Pfister is in the classical traditional mold with direct reference to landscape and still life subjects. However, his results with paint on canvas are far from ordinary. The arbitrary nature of the details […]
I have always enjoyed the image making of Donald Baechler. While not really understanding any other level of reference or subject that he may be alluding to, the visual aesthetics have always appealed to me. Some of the elements can look a bit like cliche contemporary additions but are visually satisfying. The rhyme or reason […]
Obviously relaxed and confident at a height of fame and fortune in his career, Miró allowed his execution of this painting to be filmed and the work was completed in one day. It was then given to the filmmaker, an American acquaintance; so it was not destined for an important gallery show. This happened at […]
Chuck Close constantly presents a question for me. I love his work, particularly that of later years, but I really don’t know why. The aesthetic reasons are mysterious to me, which points to the mystery that is aesthetics. Even Mondrian who created a philosophy to go with his paintings, whose subject is aesthetics, admitted to […]
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