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Glenn Brown

on "Closed Eyes" (1890) by Odilon Redon for the Musée d’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
18 February 2020

For the Musée d'Orsay's "Une oeuvre / Un regard", the British painter Glenn Brown chose "Closed Eyes" by Odilon Redon, a very enigmatic Work that "draws you in… to think about it, not just look at it".

Glenn Brown (British, 1966) is known for his use of art historical references in his paintings. Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its color, position and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes. His recent practice explore morphing and layering drawings from artists past, creating his particularly masterful amalgamations of lightness, action and form.

With the generous support of VSI Paris - CHINKEL SA

Video on Musée d'Orsay's YouTube channel


Additional:

Glenn Brown, Jeff Koons et al.

Inspiration – Contemporary Arts & Classics (group show)
Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
18 June – 20 September 2020

Glenn Brown,
Glenn Brown, "The Shallow End", 2011, oil on panel (oval), 128 x 96 cm., 50 3/8 x 37 3/4 in. Photo: def image

How have international contemporary artists been inspired by the classics of European art? And why is it these works, in particular, that have become known around the world? Inspiration presents art that draws inspiration from iconic masterpieces, created by today’s most interesting contemporary artists. In the exhibition, the original works are referenced, for example, through replicas, prints, plaster casts and abundant archive materials.

The history of Western art includes a great number of works that have become famous throughout the world. The subjects of many of these works involve classical mythology, biblical stories, or notable people and events. This exhibition is a contemporary take on iconic works and stories from art history. Famous paintings and sculptures have served as inspiration for contemporary artists whose viewpoints range from veneration of old masters to critical contemplation of power structures.

This exhibition was originally on show at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm in spring 2020.


Glenn Brown Studio
Ateneum Art Museum


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