Tuesday, May 18, 2010

From an Empty Panel

It's been a long time since I posted any art. This is Manfred W. Jurgens' Portrait of Ulrich Tulkur, Actor and Musican (2005) using egg tempera (pigments ground into a traditional mixture of egg as a binder, very difficult). Mr. Jurgens is sometimes grouped under the "New Realist School." The word school is sort of a misnomer--it's an inclination and handy label, not a school. Here is a quote of his, as stated at Wikipedia:
"I can only set a functionalism, a powerful silent against today's inflation of pictures. I believe that it is the attraction of the direct view which enables insights into the soul. When colour becomes not only skin, cloth, water and sky but also soul, then I have overcome the empty panel."

Many people think contemporary art has degenerated into a splat and sh*t kind of school--I will say that some of that is interesting and some, gratuitous. In the meantime, other contemporary artists still work in  traditional media and with traditional subjects. They cannot, however, think exactly like Rembrandt did or portray the world as Chardin did. The world has changed far too much.

But sometimes an individual brings eternal values or old disciplines to the contemporary world and makes it resonate for us. And isn't this a marvelous example?


Momma Fargo said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing...didn't know about the egg thingy.

Ann T. said...

Dear Momma Fargo,
Yes, it sounds darn hard to me. I just use the stuff in the tube and the jar.

Thanks for popping in!
Ann T.

meleah rebeccah said...

that is ABSOLUTELY amazing!

Bob G. said...

Wow...I thought it was a photograph for a second...
Stunning artwork!

Ann T. said...

Dear meleah, and Bob,
I just stumbled across this and fell in love with the painting. What an incredible talent and vision.

And that's just a long way of saying what you two did, amazing! stunning!

Thanks to you both for stopping in!

Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T
Good stuff!

I swear I am not imitating you, but I posted on art too. Very different looking work, tho.

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
I just came back from your place and I do enjoy David Bates very much. But I'd lost track of him so I was happy to see!

Not to worry, art belongs to us all,

Thanks for coming by!
Ann T.