What in a painting would wake you up in the middle of the night?
|Robert Motherwell Elegy to the Spanish Republic|
|Diane Marsh Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light|
Would it be bold shapes, contrast or color, a composition loaded with internal tension? A compelling or inspiring message?
Or maybe, a painting that needs solving? As an artist these do keep me awake at night, but that's a different subject. In this case I'm thinking of paintings that seem to contain riddles or point to something...other, beyond language, and that perhaps the clues are contained in the artwork if only one could decode them.
|Anselm Kiefer Am Anfang, 2002|
The other kind of painting that I imagine keeps one awake is one that is very beautiful. Those that make me want to get up and turn on the light and see it again. To sit before it, maybe with a glass of something, while I stay awake and look.
What about you? Has an artwork ever kept you awake at night?