"Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things."
It’s the birthday of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 11/15/1887.
She went to Taos, New Mexico on a visit and fell in love with the desert. She felt that the thin, dry air helped her to see better, and she devoted the rest of her career to painting desert mountains, flowers, stones, and skulls.
The Big Oak - Andrew Wyeth
It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed.
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519) - La belle ferronnière.
How do you frame a masterpiece like Wyeth’s Christina’s World?
Video of MoMA framers working and talking about choices
Christina’s other world
Andrew Wyeth, Christina Olson (1947), tempera on panel, 63.5 x 83.8 cm. Via WikiPaintings
Curators at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam unveiled the long-lost Sunset at Montmajour from 1888, the first new Vincent Van Gogh painting found since 1928. The painting had spent years in the attic of a Norwegian owner, who at one point had been told it was not a Van Gogh.
Writing is the 6th Impossible Thing is a great post by Vivian Swift about writing and painting drafts and the process of creating. Plus terrific illustrations.