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  • Spread @2:38AM, 2017-02-15
    Tags: , , painting, red   

    A Brief History of Red 

    Recipe books from the Middle Ages reveal the extreme methods artists pursued to achieve their reds. For the most part, painters have always loved red, from the Paleolithic period to the most contemporary. Very early on, red’s palette came to offer a variety of shades and to favor more diverse and subtle chromatic play than any other color. In red, artists found a means to construct pictorial space, distinguish areas and planes, create accents, produce effects of rhythm and movement, and highlight one figure or another.

    Read it from The Paris Review

  • Spread @12:50AM, 2017-02-13
    Tags: , painting, paul nash   

    Paul Nash 

    Within moments of entering the Tate’s exhibit Paul Nash’s paintings, my brisk walk slowed to a mesmerized linger as I encountered something new and strange, watching the artist make discoveries and adjustments, trying in different ways to fit his vision to dark experience and to blend his “Englishness” with international modernism—and not always succeeding. Even at its most urgent, Nash’s painting seems tremulous, poised between past and future, dream and reality.

    Read the rest from The New York Review of Books

  • Spread @12:55AM, 2017-01-27
    Tags: , giselle bolotin, mixed-media, painting   

    Giselle Bolotin 

    More paintings and mixed-media work from the artist’s fb page

  • Spread @10:54PM, 2016-07-03
    Tags: , , painting   

    Who is Francis Bacon? 

    “You know in my case all painting – and the older I get, the more it becomes so – is accident. So I foresee it in my mind, I foresee it, and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I use very large brushes, and in the way I work I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do. Is that an accident? Perhaps one could say it’s not an accident, because it becomes a selective process which part of this accident one chooses to preserve. One is attempting, of course, to keep the vitality of the accident and yet preserve a continuity.” —Francis Bacon

    More from Who is Francis Bacon? | Tate

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