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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Landscape after passion: Dove/ O'keeffe show


I had a wonderful day viewing the Clark Museum's exhibition of Arthur Dove and Georgia Okeeffe paintings. I was able- being free from any responsibilities at home- to peruse the show backwards and forwards at leisure. Struck with how brave the artists were, both on and off the canvas and intrigued by the unconventional in their personal lives, I loved the scratchy surfaces of Dove and the syropy smoothness of Okeeffe. Somehow I cannot look at the landscape the same after seeing a show like that- they got Mystical Nature captured on the surface of a piece of linen or primed panel. The walls nearly exploded with passion.
Small painting made on the way home, 6 x 6 inches. On a lake above Pittsfield.
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