Painters’ palettes give us a glimpse into their process and even allows us to imagine the artists holding it while creating one of their significant pieces. Matthias Schaller has given us such a glimpse with his project of photographs of painters palettes including Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Munch, Kahlo, Matisse, Cézanne, Dali, Mondrian, and many more.
Matthias Schaller finds art in the tools of artists and humanity in people-less places. … His particular sort of “indirect” portraiture suggests that the marks we make and the traces we leave behind reveal as much about us as our actual physical presence.
It’s difficult to disagree with such an assertion when looking at Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece). These large-format photographs of painters’ palettes are undeniably linked to the art they produced. Francis Bacon’s palette is gloomy and elemental much like his own raw imagery, Van Gogh’s is packed with vibrant, lively lines, whereas Eugène Delacroix’s is meticulously constructed. [The Telegraph]
* Via The Telegraph.