Conveying extreme views of Human Skin, two large paintings are currently juxtaposed at the MET (metmuseum.org) in the gallery for Modern and Contemporary art : Lucian Freud’s Naked Man, Back View (1991) and Philip Pearlstein’s Two Models with Bent Wire Chair and Kilim Rug (1984).
Freud’s skin looks sensuous, even hyperreal with its imperfections, while Pearlstein’s skin looks hard like porcelain. Did the MET juxtapose these paintings on purpose or did it happen serendipitously?
Photos are only available at a too low resolutions to appreciate the two oil paintings. Visit the MET to grasp the different views of human skin.
These two paintings (canvas, 20×20) are based on intermediate stages captured during the running of a google algorithm for people recognition:
Children Listening and Running Legs
Wolfgang Heitmann improvised ‘Sounds’ to some of my paintings in 2013. I showed Wolfgang my painting on an iPad and, while seeing them for the first time, Wolfgang improvised the sounds.
I am grateful for the many inspirational discussions with Wolfgang and Brigitte Schmitz in Brigitte’s home in Bonn.
The book is full of useful information. However, the reproductions of da Vinci’s paintings are poor.
An example is the painting of Ginevra de’ Benci, a Florentine aristocrat (Fig. 14). Her cheeks glow with a red blush as if she had just seen a make-up artist. To understand what da Vinci’s painting of this elegant lady really looks like, download a copy from National Gallery of Art.