This brings us onto the purpose of this blog: sharing the awesomeness that is Robert Hughes. A few weeks back you may remember us sharing with you "Ryan Gosling, museum lover" on Facebook. However, if you do not remember here is the link: museumheygirl.tumblr.com
Now, this got our creative juices flowing. It started as a fun Photoshop project to make our coworkers giggle but soon grew into an obsession that took over an entire afternoon. We can't stop. So, to turn our seemingly unproductive project into something useful we're using it to promote our "Shock of the New" series in blog form! Every week before our showing of "Shock of the New" a new post will be made with a picture that we had a blast creating along with some fun tidbits about our sultry host and some clarification on the fancy jargon he's using.
This week our photo is brought to you from the painter Sylvia Shap and can be found in the Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery. Sylvia Shap creates portraits of interesting people, and who better than our Aussie friend, Robert Hughes? Her technical skill as a realist-portraiture painter not only accurately depicts the physical aspects of her subjects, but reveals something about their inner-being and personality. Doesn't this portrait just ooze Robert's insightful-suaveness?
Now, some of you might not know what impasto means; hopefully not because you fell asleep in your Art History course during your undergrad. Anywho, here is the Merriam-Webster definition:
1 : the thick application of a pigment to a canvas or panel in painting; also : the body of pigment so applied
2 : raised decoration on ceramic ware usually of slip or enamel
In layman's terms it means the way an artist applies the paint to their canvas. Every artist does this differently; it's an easy way to distinguish who painted what!
|Wheat Field with Cypresses: Vincent Van Gogh|
|A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte : Georges Pierre Seurat|
Fun Fact: This painting was used as inspiration for a promotional poster for the current season of "The Office".
Was also was used at one point for "The Simpsons":
Isn't art fun?
Alright kiddies, that's enough for now.
Until next week!
Oh yea, if you have comments, questions, or a nifty picture of Robert Hughes that you'd like to share leave us a comment! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.