Apr 24, 2010

looking at Nicolas de Staël

La Cathédrale, 1955

Nice, 1954    (The Obamas have hung this one in the White House.)

Paysage, 1954
 Landscape: the road to Uzes, 1954

Nicolas de Staël - Collage Moleskine # 18   (This collage is from tos2tods' photostream on Flicker.)


Chunks of black in an abstracted landscape make my heart sing.  

The poor fellow was beginning to get success in his late thirties in Europe and New York, but the pressure along with depression, insomnia and exhaustion got the better of him.  He killed himself at 41 by jumping off his eleventh story studio terrace.

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