Friday, June 26, 2009
SOME painters or paintings just make you eager to paint. I'm down with Sargent. Ever since I became more acquainted with Sargent about 5 or 6 yrs ago, I've always liked this depiction of soldiers leaving the battle front in WWI entitled "Gassed". I wonder if the director and producers of the film Atonement referenced this piece when they were creating the set they used visualizing the same subject. Sargent really blows our minds. He had to observe all of this from life and correctly recreate that sun-set beach lighting. Not to mention the several figures composed in this piece. Nearly a hundred yrs later the majority of the work being produced today is completely inferior to this. Sometimes knowing that makes me think I should just be an accountant, or a service mechanic on the rides at Lagoon.