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David Martsolf

Surface Tension

oil on canvas
48 x 78 x 2 inches
© 1983


Art critic Clement Greenberg had a great thesis about modernism flattening the canvas and moving away from the grand illusion of depth.  'Surface Tension' supports that notion and denies it at the same time.  Can you see the flat surface?  I am playing with the theme that reality can be illusion and vice versa.  The group of people were friends of mine having a summer outdoor barbecue.  They were happy to pose for this visual  commentary on the history of modern art. 

Winner of the Sawyer Memorial Award for Painting, 38th Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1985

Full Artwork Details
Artist: David Martsolf
Title: Surface Tension
Date: 1983
Medium: oil on canvas
Medium Category: Painting
Genre: Realism
Original Dimensions: 48 x 78 x 2 inches
Copyright: 1983
Primary color: 
Tags: animals, group, female, dog, male, child, surrreal, figurative, realism, surrealism

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