"Madonna" by Edvard Munch

MALESTORM

Sometimes it is almost impossible to resist standing in the artist’s shoes. What he sees becomes what you see. How he sees it is the only way to see it. There is no background to interpret. No nuance to explore. Even the frame is one that he has chosen for you. You become a man…

IN NO SENSE

The way Philippe remembers it there was nothing otherwise remarkable about the day. Valerie’s mother had complained the traveler’s shoes were poor and his coat too big for such a little man. So she had not been surprised when after two-days stay he could not pay his bill and offered to paint the crackled shutters…

"Green on Maroon" by Mark Rothko

ART FRAMES THE EYE

The theory is that if subtlety is taken to extremes what remains to be seen must be so intrinsic to the process that it cannot be eliminated. But if the theory reduces the range of deviation within the whole to almost nothing then how can anyone discern the even smaller range we refer to as…

"Soldiers and Floozies" painted by Paul Camus

INTERIOR DESIGN

If this painter’s perspective might be condemned as degrading to women then his frame reminds us that everyone is entitled to their viewpoint. Or if we suspect that the painter was using women only as symbols of dangerous political groups busy amassing their war machines then the frame replies, “Don’t worry. Entertaining political cartoonists often…