I was doing quite a bit of research on Lucian Freud in anticipation of an upcoming talk which was cancelled because of - well you know why. So, no talk but lots of good information. One of the things that interests me about Freud is his pallet. He liked to tell people that he was trying to use only the colors of native English birds. Yes, his pallet is drab, but I also suspect he had a good laugh each time he got a critic or writer to repeat it.
A few years ago I saw the Georges Braque retrospective at the Grand Palais. Braque believed that in some cases color can confuse interpretation. I have been working with a limited pallet for reasons that I was not always sure of other than it just seemed to work. The very early cubist work was very monochromatic. Braque said that it confused the issue and I am convinced he was right. Why do black and white photos work so well for certain images? I came to the conclusion that color could interfere with these portraits and now I hear Braque saying it as well. He and Picasso did start to work color back in but at that point they were experimenting with variations of their original intent.
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