Zorawar Sidhu on František Kupka

Zorawar Sidhu on František Kupka

František Kupka, Planes by Colors: Large Nude, Oil on canvas, 1909-10, 59 ⅛” x 71 ⅛” Planes by Colors: Large Nude is František Kupka’s only surviving large scale figurative painting. Within a year of exhibiting it, he would never paint like this again, instead...
Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

This essay was first published in the exhibition catalogue for Max Beckmann in Exile at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, New York on October 9, 1996.  Max Beckmann, Departure,1932, Oil on canvas, Side panels 7′ 3/4″ x 39 1/4″, center panel 7′...
Rachel Youens on Horace Pippin

Rachel Youens on Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin, Abe Lincoln’s First Book,1944, Oil on canvas As a young girl, on many a Saturday, my friends and I would rove through the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, taking in the galleries that housed dinosaur fossils and stuffed birds, ethnographic collections of...
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...