Landscape Parallels: Gornik’s Lake Light and Irish Skies

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April Gornik, Lake Light, 2008. Oil on linen, 72 1/4 x 108 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. Both Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

Phillips fan Candace Carota Pollack saw April Gornik’s Lake Light (2008), on view in Seeing Nature, in a photo the Phillips shared on Facebook and noticed a striking similarity to some pictures she took during a trip to Ireland. Candace’s photos are below; I can’t help but agree that the ominous clouds and blue-green color palette of Pollack’s photos are echoed in Gornik’s painting.

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Panorama of a stormy sky in Ireland. Photo: Candace Carota Pollack

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“Then it got too close and we just got in the car in time to not get soaked,” says Candace of this photo.

Thomas Moran’s Most Inspiring Place

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Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset, 1909. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Paul G. Allen Family Collection

If you stopped by Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection in its opening weekend, you might have noticed that several works within the exhibition take that majestic national treasure, the Grand Canyon, as a focal point. Chief among them is Thomas Moran’s captivating Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset.

Moran’s almost yearly trips to the Grand Canyon were sponsored by the Santa Fe Railway, but the artist’s belief in the majesty of the place was deeply felt. “Of all places on earth the great canyon of Arizona is the most inspiring in its pictorial possibilities,” Moran once wrote, addressing his fellow American artists and advocating for the subject’s place among the worthiest for art. “Its tremendous architecture fills one with wonder and admiration, and its colors, forms, and atmosphere are so ravishingly beautiful that however well-traveled one may be, a new world is opened to him when he gazes into the Grand Canyon of Arizona.”

Sneak Peek Inside Seeing Nature

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature. Left: April Gornik, Lake Light, 2008. Oil on linen, 72 1/4 x 108 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. Right: David Hockney, The Grand Canyon, 1998. 48 1/2 x 168 in.; Both Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection opens this Saturday, February 6. Here are some photos our staff snapped in the galleries just after everything went on the walls.

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature at the Phillips

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Installation shot of Seeing Nature