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Re: meaning/size

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Debi13
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 16:36:22 EST


I would like to share the thought of one of my favorite artists who used to
paint in the larger than life photo realistic style...Audrey Flack. Her
famous photographic 8ft.X8ft. stilllife paintings are fabulous. In her book:
Art & Soul Notes on Creating, ISBN 0 14 01.93472 published by Penguin Books
she says on: Seeing Larger or Smaller than Life.
"Artists see in specific sizes: larger than life , smaller than life, or life
size, whatever that is. It's llike choosing a camera lens. Richard Estes
prefers 55mm, 35mm, and wide-angel lenses, which reduce objects and clarify by
sharpening and including a broader scope of the landscape. I have always
preferred 85mm or 105 mm lenses, which bring objects up close and clarify by
enlarging. When working on large-scaled paintings, I use high-powered
enlarging lenses, with a Leitz 2 1/4-inch slide projector. I stand in front
of these huge projected images, and through some illusinary fusion, I become a
part of them. Sections of the slide are projected right onto my back while I
work; the rest falls on the canvas. The image surrounds me, and I sometimes
feel lost in their world, examining their structure and intimate detail"
She goes on to say who sees larger or smaller than life.
Rembrandt saw larger than life
Van Dyck-larger.
Rubens-larger.
Vermeer, Pieter de Hoogh (the Dutch genre painters)-smaller
Michelangelo-larger.
Leonardo-middle to smaller.
Renoir-larger.
Gerard David-smaller.
Rogier van der Weyden-smaller.
Quoted from pages 4 & 5.

Debi B-H