Κυριακή, 31 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Conor Walton

Lego Mondrian

Conor Walton (b.1970) is an Irish painter, a great talent at least in two genres: Figurative painting and still life. We focus on his vanitas-inspired still life paintings. Visit his SITE for more of his work.

Rex

Rex, detail

Cyclops

Megaloceros Giganteus

It's the End of the World as We Know It

Microcosmos

Κυριακή, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Chaim Soutine (1893 – 1943) carcasses series


Soutine’s repeated use of animal carcasses as the subject matter for still life paintings likely stems from his complex relationship with food and his adoration of the work of Rembrandt. During his repeated visits to the Louvre, Soutine pondered the old master’s Slaughtered Ox, which bears a strong resemblance to Carcas of Beef


According to an often-recounted story, young Soutine was beaten and was isolated in a butcher’s fridge for punishment after presenting a portrait to a rabbi. The suffering he experienced within the Jewish ghetto of his youth is believed to have worked its way into his later canvases. Unlike Rembrandt, Soutine isolated the subject and employed an unusual method in the creation of this still life.


After hanging the side of beef bought at a Parisian slaughterhouse in his studio, he had his assistant fetch a bucket of fresh cow’s blood every few days and, while painting this work, Soutine would repeatedly pour blood over the carcass to ensure it maintained the bright color of freshly cut beef. Meanwhile, his assistant fanned away flies and neighbors complained to the police about the smell, even causing health inspectors to almost cart the beef away. Luckily his assistant intervened, as Soutine was far too engrossed in painting, and the artist was allowed to finish what is largely regarded as his masterpiece.


There’s a story that Marc Chagall saw the blood from the carcass leak out onto the corridor outside Soutine’s room, and rushed out screaming, "Someone has killed Soutine". Soutine painted 10 works in this series, which have since become his most well-known.


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