Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: John Clem Clarke, American, born 1937

Sanchez Cotan: Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber

1970

Oil on canvas

image: 102.87 x 117.48 cm (40 1/2 x 46 1/4 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection
2008.19.460

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<P>From the exhibition <EM>Still Life: 1970s Photorealism</EM>:</P>
<P></SPAN>The work of John Clem Clarke differs from that of any other artist represented in this exhibition. His subject is not a snapshot of contemporary life but a photograph of a famous still-life painting by Juan Sánchez Cotán (ca. 1602, San Diego Museum of Art). Clarke's artistic process is also distinct from that of his contemporaries. In the 1960s and 1970s, he often revisited famous historical paintings, sometimes restaging them as tableaux that he then photographed, using the results as the basis for new paintings. Here, he used overlapping layers of pochoir oil paint to reimagine and even abstract Cotán's highly realistic painting. Despite a painting style that was looser than that of the other Photorealists, Clarke's subjects were, nonetheless, photographs. He included white frames around most of his works from the period, mimicking the borders of old postcards and photographs to indicate that the paintings were copies of images of great artworks rather than copies of the paintings themselves.<BR></P>

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 203.

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