Artist Matthias Schaller in Conversation with Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The highly detailed photographs that comprise German artist Matthias Schaller’s Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) each document the paint palettes and sometimes brushes of legendary artists—Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, among others. Schaller’s project began when the photographer visited Cy Twombly’s studio in Gaeta, Italy. Since 2007, Schaller has made a career of documenting over two hundred palettes from over seventy artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Schaller sees each image as “an indirect portrait of the painter and of his or her painting technique.” The sparse chaos of Twombly’s swirls of abstract color, or the overwhelming depth of Yves Klein’s blue, or the broad, gestural brushstrokes on Édouard Manet’s palette, or Piet Mondrian’s flat expanse of white each signal the work, style, and legacy of each individual painter. Schaller’s photographs stage a conversation between artists and between media, while providing invaluable insight into each artist’s use of color, organization of space, and facture.

Publication Date

11-7-2018

Keywords

Matthias Schaller, Cy Twombly, artist palettes, photographs, Das Meisterstuck, artistic process

Disciplines

Art Practice | Fine Arts | Painting

Comments

Held in conjunction with the Berman Museum of Art exhibition Matthias Schaller: Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece).

Introduction by Charles Stainback.

The M4V video file has a run time of 55:39.

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Artist Matthias Schaller in Conversation with Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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