New Shoes for H

New Shoes for H

1973-1974

Don Eddy

(American, 1944-)

Acrylic on canvas

Framed: 122.7 x 133 x 8.2 cm (48 5/16 x 52 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.); Unframed: 111.7 x 121.9 cm (44 x 48 in.)

Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by gifts from members of The Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1974.53

Description

Don Eddy numbers among the American painters called "Photorealists." These artists used photographs as inspiration for skillfully rendered representational images, but in reality, their work did not report the factual accuracy that a photograph implies. Eddy once explained, "You can either look through the window, or at the window, or at the reflection in the window. Nobody ever looks at all three at once, because it is impossible to focus on all three." In New Shoes for H, however, Eddy tried to accomplish this feat. Rather than creating a realistic representation of the matter, Eddy re-interpreted the image, exaggerated colors, and combined elements of several different photographs. Although rendered in a realistic style, the resulting painting is a product of the artist's creativity and interpretation.

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