Saturday, November 20, 2010

Second Day Nothing by Jonas Burgert

This painting was one of the most unusual and provocative pieces in the entire Denver Art Museum.

It is by a German artist named Jonas Burgert. The title translates to "Second Day Nothing."

There were chairs lined up along the entire wall of the gallery where the painting was hung. It was easy to see why--there was so much detail, so much emotion, so much detail to take in....

The work details what appears to be a cataclysmic urban accident. Some of its characters have resigned to their fate, while others are attempting escape or are trying to assist with cleanup of the moody green substance. The painting shows the range of disparity of reactions in human nature in the face of disaster.

The work is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch's epic illustrations, and like Bosch's work, Burgert's piece is open to a variety of interepretations.

I could have sat along that wall all day. This is the amazing thing about art--one picture can certainly be worth a thousand words!



CCC said...

I'm familiar with Mr Bosch's work and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this. Obviously he influenced this artist, eh?

Jessie McCandless said...

Bosch didn't come to mind when I first saw this but after doing some research I can definitely see the influence. It was a very interesting piece!