Breaking the Pose
88 x 71 in. (223.5 x 180.3 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
Throughout his career, Jerome Witkin’s dedication to the human form has never wavered. In "Breaking the Pose," Witkin captures the activities within an artist’s studio at a specific moment in time. A figurative painter’s reliance upon a nude model is made evident here, as two women pose for the artist. Modeled after Diego Velasquez’s 1656 portrait of the royal family of Spain, Las Meninas, Witkin elevates the goings on of an artist’s studio and makes a connection across the centuries to one of the most successful and revered Old Master figure painters.
Similarities between the two works include the presence of the canvas and the artist; multiple subjects, all of whom appear to be momentarily distracted by visitors; and the reflections in a mirrored background that extend the scene and pique the viewer’s interest.
[Hawks Gallery reinstallation, summer 2019]