Saturday, September 20, 2008

Museum Sketches

Today I went to the Austin Museum of Art to do some sketching. The current show is wonderful... at least the half that is hung with masterworks like Berthe Morisot, Eduord Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Renior, Gaugain, etc.
Its not the typical art which hangs at the AMOA.

The museum is promoting the show and sketching during it until Nov. 2nd. I sketched both some of the works, and some of the people viewing the exhibit.

One thing that really caught my attention was how "incomplete" some of the paintings were. The brushwork is sketchy at best in some, and the support (cardboard, canvas) shows through, unprimed. It was interesting to see the work so fresh, so spontaneous. I tend to think I have to cover every square inch with paint! Perhaps they were being frugal... given that paint must have been very dear. But, I admire their style and their expression.

The other thing that amazed me about the show is that much of the work came from Austin collectors.

1 comment:

Cecelia said...

I liked to take my students to the Harry Ransom Center and tour the Art Dept. at UT on field trips. By the time we had supper and visited a book store in Tarry Town, that was a day for us.
Have you seen the Helga paintings? We went to see those in Houston some years back. We were amazed at what they showed. Several even had coffee cup rings on them!

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