Yael Scalia Still Life with Rosebuds, 2008, oil on canvas mounted on board, 20 x 15 cm
This painting by Yael Scalia has a lovely and mild tonal range, so the darker and more intensely hued interior of the rose becomes a wonderfully pitch-perfect accent. And the shapes! If you know your Morandi, his work comes quickly to mind, yet this painting is not an imitation- Scalia has been clearly inspired by her subject rather than just using it as a vehicle for an homage.
Describing what it was like for her to see a Morandi for the first time, Scalia says "I immediately recognized something that was deeply familiar, somehow known to me." In the same interview she says "I’m an apostle of Ingres’ statement that in all beauty there is strangeness."
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In honor of Lisa Daria Kennedy's beautiful flower paintings, we'll spend the month of August considering paintings, drawings and photographs of flowers. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph of a flower that you admire (someone else's work) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.