Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The bowl and the spoon


The bowl and the spoon, oil on car, 12 x 12 cm

The motifs chosen for such pictures must be readily recognizable or the picture is merely abstract, and the fun, even the humour, in interpretation* would be lost. Thus, one tends to depict things with obvious profiles: bowls, cutlery, simple houses.

All this would be obvious surely to any self-respecting Japanese.or Chinese painter. Or indeed, and cubist. But this factor means that eventually such pictures become boring, both to make and to see, and knowing this, one can understand why the cubist experiment petered out,

*Has there every been a humourous abstract painting? Is such a thing even possible? Mimetics, distortions and transformations being the stuff of humour, I somewhat doubt it.


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