Arcimboldo

3 11 2011

Arcimboldo. What a strange artist. What strange art. Like a parlour game. The equivalent of our modern painting – dogs playing poker.

He was famous. Perhaps like Rod McKuen. Or the multitude of authors in the 50s who sold “Number One Best Sellers” and then were heard no more.

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His work (what survived) was re-erected by the surrealists. They must have been looking for some kind of roots. (Movement always do this. Although I don’t see how it makes any difference.) I’m not keen on his work. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty well seen them all.





Romare Bearden

3 11 2011

One of the most wonderful artists. Very American. His work works like jazz. It doesn’t sit still. It moves. Everytime I look at his work I feel… proud. It makes me smile. And sad. That more Americans don’t appreciate this jewel.

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