Chuck Close


I recently visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and was captivated for hours. Although I am often hesitant and not quite comfortable taking photographs in museums (flash or no flash), I couldn't let this one go by without a shot. This painting is by the brilliant Chuck Close and consists of oil based ink on canvas. I went back to it twice and finally built up the courage to take a few photos. Here's why: Although my camera does not share a fraction of its true beauty, conveniently titled Fanny/Fingerpainting, 1985, this stunner is a must see in real life. Chuck Close has used his fingers to apply the ink and if you take a close look, you can see that the image is an accumlation of fingerprints. It isn't until you are a few inches away from the canvas that you realize the extraordinary details. It is spectacular! I just had to share.

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