Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Jo Baer, H. Arcuata, 1971, Oil on canvas, 56 x 244 x 10cm, Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Stuttgart/Berlin I remember the first time I saw Jo Baer’s painting ‘H. Arcuata’. It wasn’t at a museum or gallery; it was the same kind of encounter I had with most art that hit me as...
Raoul Middleman on Paul Cezanne

Raoul Middleman on Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne, The Artist’s Father Reading L’Evenement,1866, Oil on canvas, 78 x 47 inches, National Gallery of Art Washington DC Crude primal catastrophes from a limited talent.  So might seem the paintings in the first rooms of the exhibition of Paul...
Carol Diamond on Al Held

Carol Diamond on Al Held

Al Held, Untitled, 1952-53. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 × 24 1/4 inches   I began to get to know and love Al Held’s paintings in the last three or four years, in particular his late phase complex geometric constructions from the 1970’s-80’s, influenced by his time in Rome...
David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

William John Whittemore, Charles C. Curran, 1888/1889, oil on canvas, 17 x 21 inches Painted representations of palettes make me very happy. Artists can besmirch their carefully rendered image with blobs of gooey color as if it were an actual palette. Paint becomes a...
Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig, Woman Laocoon (Woman Laocoön), 1976. Oil on canvas, 193 x 127 cm While researching paintings of snakes for a recent body of work, I was reminded of Maria Lassnig’s painting entitled Woman Laocoön, 1976. For nearly seventy years, Lassnig, an Austrian...
Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part II

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part II

Pierre Bonnard, The Terrace at Vernonnet, 1939, Oil on canvas; 58 1/4 x 76 3/4 inches This is the second section of an essay first published in ArtPulse Magazine Vol. 7 in 2015 under the title ‘Bonnard’s Other Avant Garde. Bonnard had an approach to the figure that...