fascinating paintings! all here
I am betwitched and compelled. All Eddy’s delicious works can be viewed here.
~See all beautiful painterly paintings here
I’ve been spending a lot of time this term visiting AbEx painters for one of my classes. I’ve always found Gottlieb to be quite underrated compared to the others.
I recently discovered Gino Severini‘s paintings while researching for my classes and I’m totally smitten. Although affiliated most distinctly with the futurists, Severini’s depictions of flesh are highly reminiscent of the highly pixelated mottling of Renoir, Seurat, and Picasso — (this specific way of representing flesh through seemingly arbitrary, patchey strokes of color never gets old for me. Absolutely love these!
In researching for my upcoming classes I’ve found myself intentionally leaving out the old dudes. You know, the italian boys club along with their byzantine cohorts — whose elaborate surnames inspired the collective naming of all four teenage mutant ninja turtles. And yet for me, somehow, they seem to prove undeniably relevant to contemporary picture-making (or atleast the process of discovering the intrinsic properties of composition and color). Masaccio and Botticelli in particular have been recurrently on my radar. While the biblical and mythological narratives they tend to illustrate are compelling, it is the push-pull of foreground and background elements in their compositions that is perhaps most compelling. Consciously or otherwise, both of these guys have a wonderful way of creating dynamic spatial relationships through their implementation of color and highly-contrast areas wherein intensely mottled fields of flesh bump up against sharp delineations color. Call me old fashioned, but I still get goosebumps when I look at these pictures.. Piero della Franseca and Giovanni Bellini too!.
I find fewer things more satiating than looking at paintings that truly render human skin with great attention to nuance of color and tone. These are also wonderful for their narrative significance. See all of Ball’s work here.