Saturday, November 19, 2011

Honoring Traditions

Thanksgiving by John Currin, 2003, The Tate Collection, London.

John Currin's artwork brings to mind the naturally lit rooms of Vermeer and the realistic, beautiful, yet often grotesque figures of Odd Nerdrum. What I see here are three women, obviously related, preparing a huge turkey for Thanksgiving, but the turkey is really the star. It is impossibly fat and huge, I have a hard time believing they will be able to fit it into an oven.

Happy Thanksgiving.

3 comments:

Val S. said...

Wow, what a fascinating post! The Currin painting is lovely in technique and bizarre in execution. The women look very birdlike, especially the young woman with her mouth open for feeding. Surely Currin is drawing a parallel with the big fat turkey about to be cooked and eaten?

I had never heard of Odd Nerdrum before, but I followed your link to learn more. Very intriguing. Thanks for the introduction!

Martha said...

I agree about the bird comment, the similarity is too close.

Glad you liked the post.

London Accountant said...

Such a vivid scene. I know you said that the turkey is kind of the centrepiece or star of the picture but my eyes are instantly drawn to that girl's elongated neck and wide open mouth - there's something mesmerising about the void created there. Could it be drawing our attention to an empty space (the mouth) about to filled (with food!) Or to the eagerness or tension surrounding the season as a whole? Fascinating stuff(ing... ha ha(!)).

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