Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part I

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part I

The brain secretes thought like the liver secretes bile. — Pierre Cabanis, 18th c. French physiologist Pierre Bonnard, The Palm, 1926, Oil on canvas, 147 x 114 cm, Philips Collection Washington DC Press your forehead close to someone else’s: a single eye will...
John Goodrich on Henri Matisse

John Goodrich on Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, Laurette in Green Robe (Black Background), 1916, Oil on canvas, 28¾ x 21½ inches Judgements about art have diversified in recent decades, but in the last century, much of the discussion revolved around two towering figures of modernist painting, Picasso...
Barry Nemett: Beholding Bonnard on a Vaulted Altar

Barry Nemett: Beholding Bonnard on a Vaulted Altar

Altar of Santa Croce Basilica, Florence, Italy The walk tasted great. It wasn’t a dazzling aesthetic or spiritual revelation. It didn’t teach me anything about color, inspiration, or the merging of another world with our own. But that’s what it led to in...
Gary Stephan on Paul Cezanne

Gary Stephan on Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1897, Oil on Canvas, 81 x 65 cm Picasso said of Cezanne: “He is the father of us all.” In this essay I want to take the “us” expansively. Evoking murder and rape, Cezanne’s dark paintings of the 1860s eschewed the...
Mark Greenwold on Jack Levine

Mark Greenwold on Jack Levine

Jack Levine, Welcome Home, 1946, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches I’ve been thinking recently about Jack Levine. How as a young artist I loved his work. My dad used to say, when people would see my work hanging in our house, “My son’s copying Jack Levine.”...
Judith Bernstein on Edvard Munch

Judith Bernstein on Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893, Oil, pastel, cardboard, tempera, 29 x 32 inches In my work, I always look to “NAIL IT!,” meaning that I aim for my artwork to have the highest possible impact while addressing the severest aspects of humanity – that’s why I’ve...