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My first art “crush"

Much to my parents’ disappointment, I took a lot of art history classes in college, but from those classes, I developed a real appreciation for visual art.  I like most genres and painters (to varying degrees) but sometimes artists strike me as soon as I see them.  

Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Frans Hals are classic artists that grab me, but with modern art, I find that it’s a bit more work… after all, I don’t have decades or centuries of curators helping me home in on the best work out there.

Mark Tansey, who arguably was at his peak in the 1980s and 1990s , is one of those artists.  I saw his featured exhibit in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1994 (yes, that dates me) and I saw my very favorite painting of his, Action Painting II, in the Museé des Beaux Arts de Montréal two years ago.  I am still in love with his oversized, allegorical, monochromatic works that are instantly approachable, yet deep with meaning buried in symbols, scenes, and faces they display.

Action Painting II, 1984

The Innocent Eye Test, 1981

Rifts and Resonances, 1986

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