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Jessie Edelman | Muse with Two Flowers

Jessie Edelman

Muse with Two Flowers

Regular price $4,000.00 Sale

Oil on canvas
30 x 19 in/76.2 x 48.26 cm

This painting comes from a series of Muses based on the goddesses of ancient Greek mythology. The idea of the muse has persisted in popular culture over the past millennia. In modern times, the artist’s muse has been understood as a beautiful and passive object of desire. Edelman turns this notion on its head as she reimagines the muse as the ultimate artist. These timely paintings celebrate female creative prowess, reclaiming the muse as a mythological hero.

A stylistic departure from her earlier paintings, this new body of work includes the muses painted larger- than-life, in lush, bold colors and dynamic, contrapposto poses reminiscent of Renaissance fresco painting. In Muse, Edelman continues to explore agency in the creation and viewing of an artwork. The artist’s earlier works repositioned the consumption of beautiful vistas through the gaze of a female viewer, questioning how the artist’s interventions into the composition of a painting could alter the layers of storytelling within it. Edelman’s work continues to question the circumscribed roles of author, subject, and inspiration.

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