Magic Mountain Painting by Richard Kattman

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Painting: Acrylic, Gesso on Canvas.

Abstract Landscape Painting, 72"x74", Acrylic on Canvas

“Magic Mountain was originally titled “Tunnel Creek”.

In the Winter of 2012, an article appeared in the Sunday New York Times about a group of world renowned skiers encountering an avalanche, while back country skiing in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

The 2012 Tunnel Creek Avalanche occurred on February 19, 2012, in Stevens Pass, a mountain pass through the Cascade Mountain. There were three fatalities.

In December 2012, the New York Times published a multimedia feature piece called "Snow Fall”, critically acclaimed, winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, about the Tunnel Creek Avalanche

For completely unknown reasons I became obsessed with the abstract idea of pure, powdered, dangerous snow and the power, majesty, and breathtaking beauty of inaccessible, remote, mountains. The story of Tunnel Creek filled my thoughts, reminding me of a novel read long ago, Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann, published in 1924.

“Magic Mountain”, the painting, is charged with blues, sheer crystalline whites, violets, greens, hidden yellows, and stormy blue grays.

The painting implies a sense of vertigo, the rushing feeling of free falling through snow, the stillness, quiet, and danger of Nature, and paint as paint.


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Magic Mountain

Richard Kattman

United States

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Size: 72 W x 74 H x 0.1 in

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