Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Simple Life

Still Life with Rose Wall and Compote, 1973 by William Bailey, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Bailey still lifes are among my favorites. The simplicity appeals to me and the compositions look random, but you can tell are studied.


Sherry said...

So glad you're feeling better.

I enjoy the composition, too. It could be quite boring, actually, except for that bit of tension created by implying that an egg just might be in the process of rolling off the table. It made me smile.

Mandy Katz said...

I've been looking at Bailey again since the White House selected two "similar" ("reminiscent"?) still lifes by Morandi to hang during the Obamas' tenure. When I first saw Bailey's work, I wondered what made them more than just really good studies. But then I learned about how he subtly teases with perspective (some of the shelves that hold his bowls and bottles are deceptively shallow, for instance). Certainly, they are beautiful to look at. Now I wonder about what distinguished Morandi's bottles, stylistically.

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