The story goes that this magnificent work by Carl Marr was deteriorating in damp storage at the University of Berkeley, California before it was recently given the light of day and beautifully restored. Now on permanent display at the Wisconsin Museum of Art, this painting (just guessing, roughly 8′ x 14′), is an excellent example of Mr. Marr’s incredible ability to capture light. The artist’s lyrical arrangement of the heads of the numerous angels has also captivated me as I have studied the work. The positive and negative interplay of shapes is exquisite as well as the warm and cool dance that was employed to turn the forms. Notice the cooling of tone at the top and back of the heads which creates greater dimension by rounding the head with temperature. This is truly a great work of Carl’s and will always be a favorite of mine. However, his magnum opus, ” The Flagellants”, is an even greater achievement of design and scale, which I hope to share with you when I can photograph it upon re-installation in the new museum… until then, I am glad you are enjoying his work as much as I have.
October 16, 2011
Adoration of the Christ Child by Carl Marr