Still Life with Pears, Plums and Raspberries
12 x 16, oil on canvas, 2011
(painting no. 2)
The pears I painted last week as studies are now placed in a more complex composition.
This painting is part of the "Black Painting Series".
The background is eliminated so that the focus is only on the objects and their reflections.
It is a study of contrasts in color and value, white tissue and black background.
Thematically it refers to a 19th Century Philadelphia painter, William John McCloskey, who was a student of Thomas Eakins.
McCloskey is now known as the "wrapped fruit painter".
William John McCloskey
10 x 17, c.1890
Both McCloskey's and my painting are very much in the Western painting tradition with articulated form, perspective and surface detail. However, I went to an earlier source for inspiration, the Southern Sung Dynasty of China.
ink on paper, c.1269
The painting is a brilliant example of intuitive composition.
The placement of the fruit is perfect.