Saturday, August 28, 2010

Observations of Gammell: Jessica by Dennis Miller Bunker


Dennis Miller Bunker, Jessica, 1890


One of the most beautifully studied heads in American art.  The transitions of tone and the minor shifts are stated with great subtlety without losing the larger color relations.  At the same time the edges and accents throughout the canvas are given exactly the relative degree of definition perceptible to eyes focused so as to take in the entire area depicted.  In the painting itself the young woman appears to exist in space, surrounded by atmosphere and light and shadow.  Yet the draftsmanship is so sure that we never lose our sense of the form in all its inherent loveliness.  The combination of qualities has only rarely been attained in the painting of a head.



R.H. Ives Gammell, Twilight of Painting, (Parnassus Imprints, Orleans, MA, 1990), p. 175.

5 comments:

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Just look at the treatment of the eyes and lashes. And that neck. Wow.

kitchen tables said...

I can't see anything wrong in that painting. It is just so perfect. Every detail of that painting is so great. The eyes are so beautiful.

Lori said...

and love the porcelain skin and dark background...so you focus only on the subject.

Bridget Hunter said...

I just love looking at this painting. Thankyou for posting it.

Aaron Coberly said...

this is a beautiful painting