Sunday, January 4, 2009

"Either Way"

12 x 12"
oil on masonite
sold


Children go into a museum of art with little concern of how profound it is to be in the company of the original pieces - they only know what speaks to them visually. Not too different than most adults. And not a bad thing. Degas didn't paint Woman Viewed From Behind for the purpose of admiration - I'm pretty sure he hoped the viewer would respond to his interpretation of the moment. I can go either way. There are times when I stand frozen, in awe that I'm looking at a painting that I've loved all my life, but only in books - and many times when I'm pulled in simply by the image. Either way, it's always an experience.

From the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Please click here for a larger view.




13 comments:

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Such beautiful work with immediate appeal. You're an inspiration!

Holly Van Hart said...

Karin, ooh so striking. this painting so different from your other works yet so similar. unlike the others, the figures don't overlap with the gallery painting. yet it still all pulls together. masterful! i look forward to seeing more masterworks in 2009!! all the best, Holly

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful painting, Karin.
I got the latest American Artist magazine featuring you and was very imressed with the with wonderful story about you and the many reproductions of your work. How great!!

Art with Liz said...

Absolutely beautiful painting Karin.

Rohit Kulkarni said...

hey karin,

i checked the blog after a long time... i feel there is a lot of freshness in the paintings post christmas... and this is great...

wish you the very best for the new year...

rgds,
rohit

Anita said...

Lovely painting. I love the way that children are in museums - they are filled with awe and wonder without any of the pretentions of adults who think they know it all! And at any moment they are ready to leap out and play hopscotch where adults are whispering in revered tones. Perfect piece!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I am constantly in awe of how you take one subject (people in a museum, say) and make it new, exciting and fresh. I love this painting for what it says as well as the wonderful creamy brushstrokes and gorgeous color. Thanks for being an inspiration and all around good egg (DSFDF). Happy New Year!

Annie Salness said...

Beautifully done as always! I really like the composition of this painting.

Ed Cooper said...

Hi Karen,

Notice your work in this months international artists. Although im not sure if I have dropped in to say hi before, im a big fan of your work!....I have had a bit of a lull from painting but am getting back into it. I was thinking I might try your painting on to black method!

great work!

Marian Fortunati said...

That is soooooo much like kids!!
I love this painting!

Jae Paints On Mondays said...

Wonderful painting!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful design. I'm getting an image of you setting for hours in the museums waiting for just the right shot. Then down to the cafeteria for a coffee and home to paint.

Theresa Rankin said...

Brilliant work, Karin!!