|New York Movie, Edward Hopper, 1939|
|Before the Mirror, Berthe Morisot , 1890|
Still, its a bit of shock to go through my two favorite painting art books (World Art, the Essential Illustrated History and 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die) and find page after page of naked ladies. They are doing a variety of things but into the 19th century, you can see how how the male artist are fascinated with a women's toilette. So many paintings of ladies bathing, brushing their hair, dressing, undressing etc. . . . you get the picture.. . . and if not . . . I'm sure you can find a painting of it easily. I guess I never realized how big a part naked ladies played in the history of art!
|Königstein with Red Church, 1916 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner|
Wrong!! You need to pick out a painting that visually attracts and intrigues you. Also, it has to have enough color, patterns and textures so that it can springboard for your future abstraction. We'll be putting the painting through it paces since we'll be doing a series of exercises and abstractions to come up with a new inspired composition.
After much back and forth I've narrowed it down to these four. I was thinking I could get your opinion and thoughts on which you like the best and why. As for my opinion. . . I love them all. The finalists here all have colors and shapes I love. I tried to pick a painting that I won't get sick of even though we'll be doing an extensive study of them. They all have palettes I love and I don't know a lot about any of the artists so it will be fun to do the required homework on their backgrounds.
|GIOVANNI GIACOMETTI (1868-1933) Sotto il sambuco (Unter dem Holunder), 1911|
So which would you choose and why?
What have you been up to creatively?