For each work of art in this exhibit, whether sculpture, portrait, genre painting or a nude, the human figure is the primary inspiration and focus.
Figurative art includes some of the most memorable art through the centuries. Simply stating the title of the art brings the image to mind...Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer, David by Michelangelo, Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler, Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth.
Painting and sculpting the human figure poses the greatest challenge for an artist. Those artists who accept the challenge have studied for many years to master the complexity of the figure. Younger artists search for those skilled enough to teach them. Because we are human, we know what the human face and figure looks like, proportion and scale must be believable. Our eye tells us when it is not right. Our eye wants to make eye contact even with a painted or sculpted figure, looking to the face, searching if this is a face we ‘know.’
We are very fortunate in Annapolis to have a number of artists who attract students from across the country, coming to study with master figurative painters. The Egeli family are recognized at the national level for their portrait and figurative work. Cedric and Joanette Egeli and their extended family will be represented in this exhibit as will many of their students ~ over half of the artists in this exhibit have studied with the Egelis. They have had a profound influence on the Annapolis art community and beyond.
This is our first theme show with a focus on the human figure, a show I have wanted to present for a long time. It is a juried show and includes McBride Gallery artists as well as guest artists of national and regional reputation.
Come and enjoy the beauty of the Art of the Figure!
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