Yes, that is correct. I have changed my newest painting's title to "The Talisman." This title harks back into modern art. Paul Serusier made a painting in the late 19th century while working within a group of artist called the "Les Nabis." This group included one of my influences, the painter Paul Gauguin. The term "Les Nabis" was coined by the poet Henri Cazalis who drew a parallel between the way these painters aimed to revitalize painting (as prophets of modern art) and the way the ancient prophets had rejuvenated Israel. Possibly the nickname arose because "most of them wore beards, some were Jews and all were desperately earnest." My painting is now called "The Talisman" for three reasons. Reason #1: This painting signals a new approach. Throughout the process I comprehended the painting as a unified ensemble. In other words, I had global comprehension of form, color, and composition, simultaneously. In terms of process, this is a very important "talisman." Perhaps I should call it totem because the definition of this thesaurus word for talisman fits this painting better ("a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem"). Reason #2: It harks back to a very important painting in art history. Paul Serusier's painting was called "The Talisman" by Les Nabis because it was the first bold departure in the direction the group would endorse, where natural forms were painted in colorful large fields. Paul Gauguin used this structure in his painting for the rest of career. Reason #3: I think the dude in the middle is a talisman for the couple in the painting.
Here is an image of Paul Serusier's painting "The Talisman."
And here is my warm-up drawing from yesterday:
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