Lilian Day Thorpe on Nicolas de Staël

Lilian Day Thorpe on Nicolas de Staël

Nicolas de Staël, Calais, 1954, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches At the time I was introduced to the Russian-French painter Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955), I was deriving most of my creative inspiration from artists of the Italian and Northern Renaissance. I felt...
Azita Moradkhani on Louise Bourgeois

Azita Moradkhani on Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, The Birth, 2007, Gouache on paper, 23 1/2 × 18 inches The word birth suggests a physical act, a material process, whereas creation engages the notion of manifesting something into the world without it necessarily connoting physicality. These...
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...