Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remedios Varo

Happy Birthday Remedios Varo Uranga!! (known just as Remedios Varo) Female Surrealists are a rare find, but Remedios Varo was born in 1908, in Spain and after fleeing to Paris during the Spanish Civil War, she became connected to the movement. She met her second husband, Benjamin Peret, a Surrealist poet, and relocated to Mexico City after being exiled from France by the Nazis. She met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, but preferred to associate with other exiles, meeting her third husband Walter Gruen, a concentration camp survivor from Austria. She developed a style in strong support of feminist ideals, painting finely detailed oils on masonite boards. Varo’s work attempts to point out women’s plight of forceful repression, being rendered one-dimensional. The work here is titled Useless Science or the Alchemist (1955).

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