|Reflection, Self Portrait 1985 Lucien Freud (via WebMuseum)|
Lucien Freud uses so much paint - his images are so tactile - that I wonder how seeing them in person would change my experience of them. My wife said seeing the paintings in London is the reason for her undergrad thesis. Oppositely, another friend recently said he saw some in person and it changed his view of the work for the worse.
|Study for Head of George Dyer 1967 Francis Bacon (via ARTINFO)|
|Morning Sun 1952 Edward Hopper (via NY Times)|
|Reproduction Drawing 1 (after Leonardo Cartoon) 2009-10 Jenny Saville (via Gagosian)|
There are dozens of artists I have only known through seeing in person, sometimes even only once (and maybe in that case they live more in my head than anything). Whereas others, like Jenny Saville, I am in awe of their mark making and paint, but haven't seen one. Am I looking at different elements to a work of art when I see it reproduced instead of in-person? Would my view of certain artists diminish if I were to see a haphazard surface? Or, would it give me more confidence to be a bit more carefree myself?