There are many more of my new artworks to show you. But, I think I'll spread it out and keep my reader's waiting. Meanwhile, here is the next room in my walking tour of the San Fransisco MOMA. I favored two strong and large paintings in this room, and the first one was by Joan Mitchell. I'll tell you about the other one next time.
I had to reach my arms out to either side to gather the dimensions of this painting in my mind. I found it to be just the span of my arms. Then, I imagined it on its side, and again there was just the width of my arms. Gestural. Approachable. Edible.
The date interests me a great deal. The height of the the Modernist movement, in my mind, was 1950. This piece was done in 1960, and the hues are brighter than those used in the fifties. Modern, or Mod?
Also, I became more aware than ever of the canvas color, the same as Henri Matisse reveals in Woman With A Hat. Sort of a warm, barely reddish buff or egg-white color. These artists definitely are thinking about the dimension of the canvas itself, and you are immersed by the feeling of painting.
Could my kid do this? Of course, I know the answer is "no." But still, the work is far more approachable than Ingres.
83.4" x 74.5"
SFMOMA link to this image.
Joan Mitchell Wikipedia.
Joan Mitchell Foundation.
The Art Story.