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Siena Cathedral

© Audrey Flack. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Siena Cathedral

Artist: Audrey Flack (Born in New York, New York, 1931)
Culture: American
Date: 1971
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
67 5/8 x 47 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches (171.8 x 121.6 x 6.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, New York
Label Text:Audrey Flack is known for her Photorealist works inspired by photographs and postcards of popular tourist destinations, as in this painting of the cathedral in Siena, Italy. Photorealism emerged in the late 1960s as a reaction against preceding artistic movements that favored abstraction. Photorealist artists sought more objective subject matter through the meticulous and exact reproduction of a photograph in paint. The composition, use of color, and subject matter in Siena Cathedral refer to the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet. In 1894, Monet painted approximately forty versions of the cathedral in Rouen, France. The vantage point of Flack’s painting is comparable to that used by Monet and, although these works are of different cathedrals, architectural similarities heighten the connection. Flack’s allusions both to photography and Monet’s paintings relate to ideas of serial image making and reproduction. Monet would often paint the same subject on a number of canvases with slight variations, while photography enabled Photorealist painters to explore new ways of replicating images.
Object number: 2001.24.12