This week is FIRE week on The Frame Loop – here are our choice selections of toasty artworks.
Fishbone Forest by Max Ernst, 1927
Max Ernst was a German artist instrumental in both Dada and Surrealism movements. There’s a distinct aridness here, and the jarring contrast between the vertical and horizontal sky strokes in the framing make this a disorientating composition.
Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1870
Whistler is, of course, best known for his portrait of his mother, an artwork popularised by none other than Mr Bean: The Movie. This oil painting depicts a firework display in Battersea. The colours have great depth; the orange sparks are positively luminous against the sky’s green billows of fog.
Sky Garden by Robert Rauschenberg, 1969
From rocket to rocket. Here, American Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg transposes an annotated diagram of a rocket over found images of politicians and a pelican, his trademark swathes of paint lying beneath.
Fire Dance by Paul Gauguin, 1891
French painter Paul Gauguin spent a long period in Tahiti, the resulting work receiving acclaim as well as criticism for its supposedly reductive, almost token exoticism and ‘Primitivist’ approach. Which ever way you side, the use of colour in Fire Dance makes for a striking and wholly memorable composition.
From The Victim by Li Yu & Liu Bo
Chinese photographers Li Yu & Liu Bo frequently find subject material in improbable real-life stories, as wells as the myth of the tabloid. The seeming despondency of the female subject and bizarre stillness in this image are greatly unsettling.
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