Monday, October 4, 2010

Max Monday

Woman with Parrot - By Max Beckmann


Enbrethiliel said...


This reminds me of the #1 rule in modeling: "Always find your light."

But Beckmann makes his subject turn away from the light here . . . so that, I suppose, she doesn't outshine the parrot.

Paul Stilwell said...

Beckmann was notorious (in the best sense of the word) for things like that - back of the head turned towards the picture plane, flattened profile, and faces covered by objects and masks.

In one full-body portrait of a woman reclining, the woman's face is completely covered by the newspaper she's reading; and it works.

I didn't notice at first how pencil-necked this woman is; and her fingers are weird-ass alien fingers.