The essence of still life folds

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Consuelo Cooke (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: In a series of oil paintings and pencil drawings, I have intended to monumentalize folds in drapery and paper bags by increasing the size of the image to emphasize the landscape quality. Each image occupies a large part of the pictorial field. I work directly from nature in a naturalistic manner -- a matter-of-fact observation of commonplace subject matter similar to the Realist painter, Gustave Courbet. The shallow space, the restricted size of the field, the dose scrutiny of subject, the intimacy and immediacy of experience relate my work to the seventeenth century still life painters. For this group of paintings, I use different grounds and preparations. The earlier drape paintings are executed on cotton canvas primed with grease. The first paper bag painting is done on commercially prepared linen canvas; the second is done on linen canvas that I primed with gesso. For the last study, I sized a linen canvas with rabbit-skin glue and primed it with white lead, thereby producing a smooth and less absorbent working surface.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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