Sunday, March 9, 2008

Paint is OK, photo is dangerous

I went to the Courbet show yesterday. The portraits are great; the landscapes are clunky. His Origin of the World, above, was off in a side room with a bunch of photos of nude women, and one that you had to view through binoculars, sequestered in a box, of an image very similar to Origin. The painting has much more of a hit than the photo. It's because the skin breathes and he is wonderful with hair and fur.

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