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In 1957, Reinhardt asked Merton if he wanted a small painting. The monk replied: “Do I desire a small painting? Well, it is clear at least to me that I desire a small painting since I am in point of fact crazy mad for a small painting. . . . After the arrival of the small painting there will be here a week of sabbaths or a sabbath of weeks. The small painting will be honored by deacons and acolytes. The small painting will be taken in procession from the larvas to the basilicas. The small painting will be laid in reverence upon the altar of Saint Panteleimon. The small painting will be removed thence with lights and incense to the altar of Sts Boris and Bleb or is it Greb (Gleb)? The small painting will be set up on the iconostasis. It will be viewed by all during the mysteries. It will elevate the hearts and minds of all to participate in the mysteries. It will bring to the artist the Holy Spirit. It will cause all things to be transfigured. It will hasten the day of glory.” Merton received his small painting in November 1957, and wrote to Reinhardt in terms that supported the painter’s claim that “Painting is special, separate, a matter of meditation and contemplation” . “The small painting arrived just before I was removed from my haunts and it enabled me to bear up against despair in the wilderness in which I have since found myself. . . . When shall I return to this mysterious small painting? When shall I once again console myself with the mystical abyss of the small painting? It has the following noble features, namely its refusal to have anything to do with anything else around it, notably the furniture etc. It is a most recollected small painting. It thinks that only one thing is necessary and this is true, but this one thing is by no means apparent to one who will not take the trouble to look. It is a most religious, devout, and latreutic small painting”
Multi-paneled Painting:Watercolor on Paper
Size:44 W x 31 H x 0.1 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Box
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Steven Plount (b. 1952) is an American Painter who has traveled in India and currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, USA. His painter’s practice began professionally in the early 1980s. His interest and study in art and art history started in the mid-1960s with oil painting, drawing, and ceramics from local artists in his home town. He holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He has created an eclectic body of work over the span of 30 years that includes magical realism: Tantric and Vedanta subjects inspired from travels and people of India: works exploring the grid and minimalism (via Agnes Martin, Mondrian, Sean Scully, Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, computer wireframes): landscapes, floral, and traditional subject matter (via Georgia O’Keeffe, George Inness, Indian Pahari Miniatures, Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin): and works exploring Native American visual forms and crafts (from years of living in the American Southwest at the end of the 20th Century). His work has evolved through years of study and life lived. The richness and depth found in, both, Eastern and Western painting traditions and technique have enabled him to progress to his current level of creativity seen and felt in these late gestural color field abstractions involving horizontal grids and stripes. These late works, are imbued with the hand and spirit of the artist and all that has gone before in both art history and his own lived history. A raucous and odd path along the treacherous byways of the material world. A painter’s path following the American tradition of painting that insists on the spiritual in art from George Inness to Mark Rothko.
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