Wednesday, December 30, 2009

art comparison: the absinthe drinker v. drug store, detroit

brain exercise:
what are some similarities between Degas' Absinthe Drinker (1876) and Robert Frank's Drug Store, Detroit (1955):

Dr. Lizzard says: Degas' painting of absinthe drinkers depicts a world that we cannot enter visually and, therefore, can never fully comprehend. He isolates us from the scene by placing a newspaper blocking our entry into it. Frank presents us with a public space but leaves us as observers (cake case).

1 comment:

f-stop said...

This is a pretty good comparison. I like the similarities of the depressed looking characters sitting at a bar or table and losing themselves with stimulants. The comparison works well across time and between the painting and photography medium.

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