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...
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...