Quote of the day: Vintage Eric Fischl

“Every day there�s the technical side of the discipline and there are good days and then bad days where the painting is giving me resistance and I don�t know how to paint anymore. But there�s also the emotional side of the work, the psychological side where you go in and explore feelings and relationships and memories. Often times you find things you�re not ready for and you can�t bear that this is in front of you. I assume that�s the vulnerability you�re talking about. I certainly have times where I walk around in my studio thinking: ‘I can�t paint, I�m not as good as I think I am, I�m certainly not as good as everyone else thinks I am.’ And I�m freaked. The other side is when you�ve opened a door and you feel the weight of the responsibility. There�s something sacred about paint. You make a pact with the painting, you will be responsible for whatever you�re putting on it, what you find out.” From Bomb, Winter 1995. Interview with A.M. Homes

Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting,curated by Jodi Throckmorton and Harry Philbrick. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Through May 2013.

Eric Fischl, Chuck and Sienna, 2012, oil on linen, 82 x 68 inches.

Image at top: Eric Fischl, The Travel of Romance, Scene I, 1994, oil on linen, 58 x 65 inches.


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  1. Comparing the 2012 painting to the one from 1994 makes it look like Fischl has started painting with his feet.

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