Details:

This drawing, inspired by still life works from the golden age of Dutch paintings, perfectly exemplifies the artist’s mastery of charcoal and graphite. Exploring both contemporary and historic imagery, Baker's drawings deal with the concepts of power and masculinity in politics, history and finance.
Unframed

① Artwork:

Cabbage, Onions, Tomatoes and Rosemary

This drawing, inspired by still life works from the golden age of Dutch paintings, perfectly exemplifies the artist’s mastery of charcoal and graphite. Exploring both contemporary and historic imagery, Baker's drawings deal with the concepts of power and masculinity in politics, history and finance. About the Dutch, Baker says: “No one was better at describing the excesses of their time—an obvious corollary to the decadence of our own.” The artist crops and obscures certain information in her works to focus on what can be discerned about status in a gesture or a single image—creating compelling observations of an empire in decline.

Specs:

17.5 inches
14 inches

③ Artist:

Melanie Baker

Melanie Baker’s drawings explore concepts of power and masculinity in the arenas of politics, history and finance. The artist’s portraits of people in powerful positions feature details that implicate how their policies impact the planet. Baker’s work deftly combines a virtuous handling of charcoal and graphite with classic academic techniques drawn from a deep knowledge of art history—creating compositions that serve as compelling observations of an empire in decline.

Melanie Baker:
Cabbage, Onions, Tomatoes and Rosemary, 2020
Graphite and charcoal on paper
14.0 × 17.5 inches /
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