Blue, White, Green

Picture courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts

This artwork is a series of 35 oil paintings on canvas by American artist Ralph Coburn, dating to 1950 (approximately). The pieces are actually meant to be placed in any order and there are no specific instructions as to how they should be exhibited. I like the current display at the MFA, and the symmetry and regularity it gives off. However, this work is interesting because it allows for this versatility and different readings even though it is essentially linear. A different disposition would generate a totally different reaction and I think this is mainly what makes a work of art powerful.

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