1839 - 1906
Cezanne's simplified forms gave rise to cubism
1881 - 1973
He eventually became his own school of thought
by determining aesthetics too big for beauty alone.
1881 - 1955
Turn Renoir into an architect whose eye is on
casual women at leisure. In place of a summer's
breeze we have the steady rhythms of machinery.
Composition with Large Red
1872 - 1944
Flat squares, rectangles and basic colors, mostly.
White and thick, black lines. Simply find the harmony
amidst a rubric's cube of not quite right possibilities.
1912 - 1956
Imagine an idea without image,
a thought without words.
Or someone just marveling over dribbles
and splashes of color. Imagine both together.
1928 - 1987
What would induce you to place a blowup of
a coroner's snapshot of an automobile accident
above your sofa? Maybe if it's a screen print.
Black, Red and Black
1903 - 1970
While Pollock is about spontaneous gesture,
Rothko plants a singular thought trapped by a color.
The thought is one of your choosing. Off the wall.
1960 - 1988
No need to dress-up when you've got the goods.
1925 - 1996
Being happy is draining.
Portrait of I. M. Pei
Vast, silent, deserted. Urban. Precise. Illusion.