Art Inspires Art

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(left) Milton Avery, Girl Writing, 1941. Oil on canvas, 48 x 31 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1943 (right) Instagram user @sseoheeya’s Avery inspired creation

Instagrammer Seohee Yoon recently shared her version of Milton Avery’s Girl Writing (1941). We think her attention to detail yielded a pretty spot on result! If you’re an artist, what are some pieces that have inspired your own work, either directly or indirectly?

Looking Outside the Frame

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The colors of Nicolas de Staël’s Le Parc de Sceaux are echoed in a neighboring bench. Photo: Elaine Budzinski

Some of my favorite works to view at the Phillips are those that are strongly influenced by the spaces they occupy. A small, inconspicuous alcove next to an elevator displays works by Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland, while El Greco’s The Repentant St. Peter is framed by wood paneling in a dim corner of the Music Room. The heavy perfume of the Laib Wax Room wafts beyond its small chamber into the bright gallery that houses Pierre Bonnard‘s The Open Window; and the upholstered seats that frame a particular window in another gallery echo the blue gray palette of Nicolas de Staël’s Le Parc de Sceaux. These relationships remind me that although sometimes we see paintings and sculptures as aesthetic objects in the context of a white-walled gallery space, they are also artifacts of individual thought processes and ideas.

Elaine Budzinski, Marketing and Communications Intern

Relaxation Inspiration

Happy Labor Day! Kick back and relax today, you deserve it.

Leon Kroll, Reclining Lady, not dated. Charcoal on paper, 9 3/8 x 18 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Bequest of June P. Carey, 1983

 

Jules Olitski, Reclining Nude from the Back, 1968. Pencil, wax, crayon, and sanguine on paper, overall: 18 in x 13 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2012.

 

Roger de La Fresnaye, Studies of Reclining Nude, 1913. Ink on paper, 10 x 16 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Gift of Jean Goriany, 1943.

 

Pablo Picasso, Reclining Figure, 1934. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Gift of the Carey Walker Foundation, 1994.