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What is it like to look at the world with the sharpened powers of observ ation and insight of a masterful painter?

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This fall\, SJMA offers vi sitors the rare opportunity to look in depth at the practice of painting th rough the work of one of the most influential American painters of our time . Eric Fischl’s art is grounded in his keen understanding of the his torical language and the craft of painting. For him\, tradition serves as a n infrastructure for innovation: he uses age-old academic preparatory pract ices side by side with digital photography and Photoshop. Dive Deep invites you to track Fischl’s ever-adapting technical practice and his path from concept to completed work.  

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Drawn from major public and priva te collections in the United States\, the paintings are accompanied by more than one hundred beautifully fluid studies in various media: drawings\, oi l sketches\, sculptures\, digital composites\, photographs\, and printsmany never previously seen by the public. They illustrate how th e expressive power of Fischl’s subjects evolves as he juggles compositional components\, figures\, props\, and narrative tension. Schooled as an abstr act painter and self-taught as a representational artist\, Fischl mines his torical painting and photography for source material. His approach to the h uman figure is rooted in esteemed figurative traditions\, yet given a disti nctly radical 21st-century twist of content. To illustrate this aspect of h is art\, the exhibition includes a group of original photographs by the art ist Thomas Eakins (1844–1914) and his circle\, which Fischl has refe renced\, and at times quoted\, in his work. 

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This exhibition explore s the making of painting as well as the conceptual underpinnings of the art ist’s narrative. It offers visitors a profound\, insider’s understanding of the process of painting and of the careful act of looking.  

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Div e Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting is organized by the San Jose Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts\, Philade lphia.

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