Saturday, September 22, 2007
Lessons From the Low Countries
Suleyman's Legend, Margret Short
Michiel Comans, Calligrapher Artist by Michiel van Musscher was the inspiration for Suleyman's Legend.
I've always been fascinated by the Dutch painters and was thrilled to find out about Margret Short, an artist who recently committed to an incredible project called Lessons from the Low Countries.
She selected 11 paintings from the Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art Exhibit and did an in-depth analysis of the colour palette of each one. Margret did 11 paintings in her own style based on the colour palettes of the selected master paintings. Her palette was limited to the pigments used in the 17th century and were hand ground from powdered pigments such as genuine lapis lazuli and vermilion and turned into paint after a fairly laborious process. The project required a huge amount of research and experimentation and I'm quite in awe of her ability to tackle such an incredible task.
Even though even though my own work is more contemporary I can't get enough of the Dutch masters and have been deeply inpspired by them, by people like Margret too.