42" x 18"
Oil on Canvas
Purchased at a Boston thrift store
Exemplarizing expressionism, angst-filled symbols abound. His hair
ablaze and sweater Thulian pink, Youth stands lit in superior
opposition to monochrome, cadaverous Age below. Youth has vivacity,
but waits patiently. His counterpart may be a Munchian Screamer who
has settled into calm acceptance. Other influences might include
members of Der Blaue Reiter group such August Macke, Albert Bloch and
Wassily Kadinsky, for whom blue represented spirituality. Without
provenance, we can only guess; perhaps the artist chose to remain
anonymous to emphasize The Unknown.
We ride on an uncertain sea, our decks awash. Is that sunrise or
sunset on the horizon? Is the dark cerulean storm waxing or waning?
Where does deck end and sea begin? Will Youth sail on and leave Age
behind, or descend to join him? We finally notice that that the
artist has placed us all aboard… and our sinking ship is maroon.