In between helping my daughter K through a trying postpartum period and before going with my daughter C to Austin, Texas, at the end of this week, I snatched a late afternoon, by myself, to go see a fabulous exhibit of Spanish art in the reign of Philipp III at the Nasher Museum. The show was curated by my friend Sarah Schroth and she is to be knighted by Spain for her great work! (What do you call a female knight, I wonder?)
Anyway, I made some quick sketches and later added color to one of them. Though I had seen El Grecos in person before, I had not seen his work displayed so intensively and so sensitively as they were here. I was stunned again, and more than ever before, by the power of his brushwork, by the brilliant idiosyncrasy of his draughtsmanship, and by the 'modernity' of his technique. It is obvious his influence MADE Picasso the painter he became. So there. There were works by many other painters ( and some sculptors), including one of my all-time favorites 'The Immaculate Conception' by Velazquez.
Anyway, here are my sketches, late additions to my 101 Faces Project!