Wednesday, February 9, 2011

John Currin-Thanksgiving

What I like about John Currin's painting Thanksgiving is its realistic quality. Also his use of chiaroscuro offers great contrast, especially in the turkey where you can see the whitest whites within the painting. Currin was often said to be a sexist, this is evidenced in the way he generally portrays all the women in his paintings. Particularly in Thanksgiving, all of the women are exceptionally thin, almost anorexic like. Additionally, the woman being fed has a somewhat elongated neck and the proportions of the head of the woman sitting seem to be a little distorted.

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