6 x 8"
oil on panel
Before I started on my 11th painting for the upcoming show, I knew I needed a warm up - choosing one of my personal favorites in the Art Institute of Chicago, Jules Breton's The Song of the Lark.
Breton was a French realist painter, born in 1827. During his childhood, his father tended land for a rich landowner and this subject matter of his native region was prevalent throughout his painting career.
The Song of the Lark made news a couple of years ago, in an interview by Bill Murray in the Huffington Post, where he recounted his first experience on a stage, which did not go well. Murray headed towards Lake Michigan thinking 'If I'm going to die, I might as well go over toward the lake and float a bit." Before he made it to the lake, he stopped in at the Art Institute of Chicago and saw Breton's painting and he thought "Well there's a girl who doesn't have a whole lot of prospects, but the sun's coming up anyway and she's got another chance at it. So I think that gave me some sort of feeling that I too am a person and I get another chance everyday the sun comes up."
'Any form of art is a form of power. It has impact, it can affect change - it can not only move us, it makes us move.' ~ Ossie Davis