October 21, 2011
Of all the paintings that have been stolen from museums or private collections, the one I'm most upset about is Jean-Baptiste Oudry's masterful oil painting "La Vie Calme avec le Canard Blanc", otherwise known as "The White Duck".
You can find a very good reproduction of it in the book Color and Culture by John Gage. You can also learn more about this stolen masterpiece here.
Still life as a genre is one of the most interesting subjects for study and exploration. Sometimes you need to gather some background information dealing with the Bible and traditional symbolism just to understand what's going on in a painting.
Today, I would like to share some takes on the subject of some very dead fish from a Portuguese market. In my opinion, because these photos were taken indoors under some strange lighting, the fish have acquired distinctly spooky personalities. What do you think?
It is our art that has an opportunity to leave a footprint in the sand. They don't wrap fish in our work.
Hugh Newell Jacobsen