Oil on Canvas, 65" x 50 3/8"
Last Sunday, I decided to spend a few hours at the Crocker Art Museum before going to the Sacramento Jazz Festival. I have to admit, seeing such of variety of artistic works in such a short time put me in a state of sensory overload. I was pleasantly surprised to come face to face with Jacques Louis David’s Funeral of a Hero, a frieze that I had become familiar with while making a documentary about a theatrical production of Marat Sade.
In one section of the documentary, during a discussion about the French Revolution, I incorporated Ken Burns like inserts of David’s paintings including of course The Death of Marat.
Funeral of a Hero had no place in the documentary, but I remember seeing it in one of the books that I had borrowed from the library. Seeing it again at the Museum was like running into an old friend. David’s paintings are great examples of classical or analytic line as we saw with The Death of Socrates in our text.
In answer to the question, are my surroundings becoming more visually interesting? I would have to say, between class and the constant exposure to a variety of art, my creative juices are definitely flowing. As I returned to a parking lot near the Crocker after spending the day with some of my musical friends at the Jazz Festival, I noticed the hundreds of Memorial Day flags planted in the grass on Capital Mall. It was magic hour and I was able to capture the picture below. I’m happy to say, it’s a good example of one point perspective.