|Rembrandt, Self-portrait with Beret and Turned up Collar, 1659,NGA|
|Edward Loper, Jr., Self-Portrait, 2011, Private Collection|
|Daumier, The Painter at His Easel, 1870, Barnes|
|Monticelli, As You Like It, n.d., Phillips Collection|
Like Rembrandt, Daumier, in this tiny picture measuring 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches, modifies chiaroscuro to achieve deep, rich color-harmonies with somber colors. The solid three-dimensionality of the figure results from the surrounding space, a type of “space-decoration” Dr. Barnes calls it, decoration that is an integral part of the structure of the picture. The Painter at His Easel shows line creating dynamic movement, a quivering, curly, wavy activity producing a convincing drama and force.
|Soutine, The Pastry Cook (detail), c. 1919, Barnes|
|Matisse, The Woman with the Hat (detail), 1905, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art|