The 10 most viewed artworks on Artscapy feature iconic twentieth-century painters, such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró alongside contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Du Jingze and Ioana Maria Sisea....
The 10 most viewed artworks on Artscapy feature iconic twentieth-century painters, such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró alongside contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Du Jingze and Ioana Maria Sisea.
Picasso’s “Plate 6” (1968) arises from the world of Fernand Crommelynck’s play about a man whose uncontrolled jealousy leads him to lose his beloved wife. Picasso executed the series of 12 etchings in collaboration with the Belgian writer’s sons, pushing the etching medium in the direction of sombre qualities. The artist’s approach to the universe of Crommelynck’s play captures the gloom of the story while lending itself to mythological tropes. In some etchings of the “Le Cocu Magnifique“ series, Minotaur appears as the embodiment of the jealous husband, speaking to the complexity of confronting our primal fears.
Damien Hirst's “Politeness - Cherry Blossom” belongs to “H9 The Virtues”, a series that celebrates the natural world of his Devonshire childhood, elevating cherry trees to the symbols and carriers of Samurai virtues: justice, courage, mercy, politeness, honesty, honour, loyalty, and control.
Born in Yantai, China in 1995, Jingze Du is a UK-based artist who has turned an experimental way of looking at human faces and bodies into a hallmark of his paintings. Having earned his BFA from the National College of Art and Design and an MA from Royal College of Art, Jingze set out on a project to create a visual language through which he could narrate the essential qualities of our culture: its fluidity, technology and commodification that put us at distance. "Ali Western" features a deconstructed image of Muhammad Ali combining dark tones with qualities of distortion. Hidden behind a rectangular block, Ali’s face is mysteriously absent. With such a visual choice as a focal point of the image, the outsized muscular body alone communicates a gap between visible surfaces – bodies, commodities, objects – and the depths that make us human.