It is time for me to start a new one. Over the past couple of months I have dedicated myself to two paintings ("Pond" and "Four People"), which have been solved, but are incomplete. I will continue to work on each of these, but as a minor part of my days. After the drawings of this past week I have a need to explore several people interacting at a table. One of my favorite paintings by Rembrandt is "The Conspiration of the Bataves." Here is a reproduction:
On 10/27/2010 I mentioned another painting which greatly impresses me, Georges de la Tour's "The Fortune Teller." Here it is:
La Tour's painting is closer to "Four People." I propose to tackle the complexity of the interaction, and consequent emotions, of several people around a table. I did this many years ago, while a student. Matisse said something like this: "When confused, return to your fist impulses." I do not feel confused; to the contrary, I feel great clarity. I am ready and eager to do this, so let me show you yesterday's drawings. The second drawing is a study for the new painting I am about to begin.
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