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?

Family Ties

Painting of a woman on a horse at a circus by Gifford Beal

Gifford Beal, Center Ring, 1922. Oil on canvas, 22 x 26 1/8 in. Acquired 1922. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

One of my favorite paintings in the permanent collection is Gifford Beal’s Center Ring (1922). I am always drawn to it when I am perusing the second floor galleries—there’s just something about it. It feels alive. If there is one painting I would love to see come alive (à la Night at the Museum) it would be this. It would be like…going to the circus.

Did you know that Gifford Beal was actually the uncle of Marjorie Phillips, Duncan Phillips’s wife? It seems artistic talent ran in the family!

Jane Clifford, Marketing Intern

Balancing Act

Last month, a bear of an installation took over the corner of 21st and Q Streets in anticipation of Xavier Veilhan’s upcoming Intersections contemporary art project. Now the rest of Veilhan’s exhibition (IN)balance is installed in our galleries, and the artist takes a moment to discuss his diverse work—”using the floor, the walls, and the ceiling”—in this video.