Sunday, November 13, 2011

Collings: A Lion Hunt

Jahangir's Lion Hunt, CA. 1615.

"Narrative isn't as important to these artists as visual impact, which is all in the play of bounded areas against open ones, the complexity of patterns, and the amazing overall glow. "

"In one picture of a lion hunt... what is most striking is the recurring orange and yellow colors of the hunters' outfits, set off by expanses of soft pinkish parchment color used to evoke rolling hills. This makes the eye dart around the picture. The emperor on his elelphant–the largest object in the scene, and the most important in terms of literal meaning–is hardly visible. All the creative energy has gone into abstract values."

[Matthew Collings. Modern Painters. October 2007]
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