The Mental Museum

Emile Friant and Trust

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Emile Friant was a french painter living between the years of 1863 and 1932. His paintings are known for their photorealist qualities. Although his subjects are ordinary people, caught in their ordinary lives, there is a quailty Friant brings to his palette that is so realistic, it becomes almost immortal. His color palette glows, especially the skin tones he creates. They are so real, so translucent, and so delicate, it’s as if one could see or is convinced there is blood flowing through the body of his characters. Soft and so flesh like, the first entity that comes to mind is belief. His paintings captivate such reality he prompts us to forget and remind us at the same time, how mundane life is. These moments provokes me to ask Do we believe his work?  Do we trust the artists intentions? Do we feel the intentional mood?  The slight gestures and minute detail in expression and body language and the rich and vivid palette reflect these moods. Do we believe them? Can we feel them?


Childhood Grief 1897


The Expiation


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April 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

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