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Michael Sims

Isis Revisited

2011, Soft pastel on paper, 16"w x 13"h

In the early part of the 19th century, J.M.W. Turner began producing a series of pictures (Liber Studiorum) which were subsequently engraved by skilled artists who worked under his constant supervision. Turner intended the series to promulgate his vision of landscape painting in its various categories. I have taken Isis from 1819 (engraved by William Say) and re-examined Turner’s Elevated Pastoral landscape concentrating on my own concerns with pictorial structure, taking clues not only from Mondrian’s increasing abstraction in his series of trees, but also from Picasso’s re-working of Velazquez.


Michael Sims - Isis Revisited

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