Making Tiepolo: Synchromism

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers, Italian, 1696 - 1770, 1725/1730, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

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The Tiepolo piece is based on “Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers in the National Gallery of art in Washington, D.C. It is my current favorite painting and I spent many visits looking at it. The shape derives from visual lines within the painting. Synchromism is about how color can be used to define space in a painting. The most famous proponent of Synchromism was Thomas Hart Benton, and his influence can be seen in the work of Jackson Pollock.

 

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