Thursday, August 25, 2016

Artistic influence-Graphic Masters at SAM

The Graphic Masters Show at Seattle Art Museum was such a treat as it contained three of my long-time artist influences: Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya.  

Why they inspire me

Dürer's lines, filled with energy and play-

Rembrandt's mastery of light and dark-

Goya's soft tones and use of bizarre imagery-

There were also works by Hogarth, Picasso and R. Crumb.  

Hogarth doesn't move me. 

I prefer Picasso's pre-WWII work. 

When I was a hippie teen, I enjoyed the subversive nature of Crumb's work but over time his subject matter lost its allure. So I was excited to see the way he tackled Genesis and, wow, is his work beautiful. Rooms filled with all the original panels of line work. I even bought the book.