As I sat in the grand halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I can't help but reflect on the two revolutionary art movements that have defined the modern era of painting: impressionism and expressionism. Both were born out of a desire to break free from the rigid constraints of traditional art and to capture … Continue reading An ‘Ism’ Overview – Impressionism vs. Expressionism
An Argument for the Wabi-Sabi in Rembrandt’s Art
I believe it could be argued that Rembrandt's art is a perfect example of how Wabi-sabi can be found in unexpected places. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that celebrates the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and simplicity. It is a philosophy that encourages us to embrace the flawed and the fleeting, and to find beauty in … Continue reading An Argument for the Wabi-Sabi in Rembrandt’s Art
Considering the wabi-sabi-ness of David Park’s Art
David Park was an American artist known for his contributions to the Bay Area Figurative Movement. His style was characterized by his loose, gestural brushstrokes and his focus on the human figure. While his work often included elements of abstraction, it also possessed a certain rawness and imperfection that is indicative of wabi-sabi. In this … Continue reading Considering the wabi-sabi-ness of David Park’s Art
How is Modigliani using the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic?
As an art lover, I have spent a significant amount of time studying the works of the great artists of the past, and one artist whose work continues to captivate me is Amedeo Modigliani. His unique style and approach to art, particularly in his portraits, convey a sense of wabisabiness that is both subtle and … Continue reading How is Modigliani using the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic?
Where Andrew Wyeth shows a Wabi Sabi Aesthetic
Andrew Wyeth's art is often associated with the concept of wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that values the beauty of impermanence, imperfection, and incompleteness. Wyeth's paintings are characterized by their simplicity, muted color palette, and attention to detail, which contribute to their overall sense of tranquility and quiet contemplation. In this essay, I will explore … Continue reading Where Andrew Wyeth shows a Wabi Sabi Aesthetic
Seeing Wabi-Sabi in Alberto Giacometti’s Work
In utter fascination , I have spent countless hours contemplating the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the most influential and enigmatic artists of the 20th century. In my opinion, Giacometti's art is imbued with a sense of wabisabi, a Japanese aesthetic concept that celebrates the beauty of imperfection, transience, and the natural world. In … Continue reading Seeing Wabi-Sabi in Alberto Giacometti’s Work
Where we find Wabi-Sabi in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Art
Jean-Michel Basquiat's art is full of wabisabiness, a concept that derives from Japanese aesthetics that embraces the beauty of imperfection, transience, and the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. Basquiat's art captures the essence of wabi-sabi through his unique style that blends graffiti, neo-expressionism, and primitivism. His works are a celebration of the imperfect, … Continue reading Where we find Wabi-Sabi in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Art
Consider the wabi-sabi-ness of Monet’s Lilac Irises
As I stand before Monet's Lilac Irises, I am struck by the subtle beauty and peacefulness that emanate from this painting. The delicate brushstrokes, the soft lilac hues, and the gentle curves of the irises all combine to create a sense of wabisabiness - an appreciation for the imperfections and transience of life. Wabi-sabi is … Continue reading Consider the wabi-sabi-ness of Monet’s Lilac Irises
Why I feel wabi-sabi-ness in Monet’s Soleil Couchant sur la Seine
As an amature art critic and historian, I have always been drawn to the concept of Wabi-sabi. This Japanese aesthetic is based on the beauty of impermanence and imperfection, and it is an idea that I find particularly relevant when considering the work of Claude Monet. In particular, Monet's painting "Soleil Couchant sur la Seine" … Continue reading Why I feel wabi-sabi-ness in Monet’s Soleil Couchant sur la Seine
Is there wabi-sabi-ness in Monet’s Blue Water Lillies?
When we think of the French Impressionist Claude Monet, we often think of his vibrant and colorful landscapes that capture the fleeting moments of light and atmosphere. However, in his later years, Monet became increasingly interested in the subtle and muted beauty of the natural world. One of his most iconic series from this period … Continue reading Is there wabi-sabi-ness in Monet’s Blue Water Lillies?