I have always paid attention to brush strokes, my own when painting, but especially the masters - in museums. In the last ten or so years I have neglected brush strokes... must be because of concentrating on stitches so much. This summer I seem to have noticed them again. First at the Erarta museum in St. Petersburg, Russia which features mid career and established contemporary Russian artists. The following is a selection of a few paintings that made me hold my breath in awe...
And just the other day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at THE masters brush strokes.
Perhaps it is the fact that I have been concentrating so much on texture in my own work? I have a ways to go before getting even close to the masters... but I am eager learn at their feet. Here's a peek at my latest..
|Sergei Bakin. White Nights.|
|gorgeous moody brush work|
|Dmitry Flegontov. House at Petrogradskaya.|
|glorious rough brush work|
|Ilia Gaponov. Parallel Kuzbas. (this made me think of Elizabeth Barton's quilts from afar)|
|shine with rough gold...so sleek|
|Maxim Nurulin. View of the Kama.|
|such easy, light handed brush strokes|
|Alexander Volkov. Stranger's Dream.|
|thoroughly thickly layered texture|
|Paul Cezanne. Detail of Gardanne.|
|Camille Pissarro. Detail of The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning.|
|Vincent Van Gogh. Detail of Sunflowers. Swoon worthy!!!|
|detail of The City ©Natalya Aikens|