Milwaukee Art Museum - Summer 2016
We drove up to Milwaukee this weekend to see the Tom Benton show -- and I hated it.
The period movie snippets (especially from John Ford's "Grapes of Wrath") looked so much better -- probably because the images were continually changing.
But I always enjoy visiting this museum -- so here is what made the trip worthwhile:
Now I'm a fan of Ludwig Meidner. He looks a bit crazy - but he managed to survive as a German Jewish painter into the 1960's. Very few paintings in the M.A.M. have as much impact as this one.
The face is quite expressive - even as it feels like the random drips and ash marks on a large wabi sabi jar.
What a fine painting by a skilled, mature master who turned expressionist late in life.
What a delicious passage of pink against green.
If the above small area of detail were blown up to wall size, it would surpass anything done by the pop artists of the 60's.
According to Wikipedia:
During the period between 1960 and 1964, she moved away from the all-over style and bright colors of her earlier compositions, instead using sombre hues and dense central masses of color to express something inchoate and primordial. The marks on these works were said to be extraordinary: "The paint flung and squeezed on to the canvases, spilling and spluttering across their surfaces and smeared on with the artist's fingers."The artist herself referred to the work created in this period of the early 1960s as "very violent and angry
Your reaction to this painting probably depends on how much you enjoy the presence of angry, frustrated women.
The lovely expression of a rich, happy, and beautiful young woman. (she was 30 at the time)
I would like to load a knapsack with bread, cheese, and grape juice - and then move right into this painting to stay for an afternoon.
The contrasting scale of the cliffs and the two women is so enticing.
And the space feels so cool, quiet, and majestic. A natural cathedral.