moma paintings

on my latest stroll through moma‘s painting galleries, the ones on the 5th floor to be precise, i was struck by the simplicity of the titles (albeit translated from spanish or french). it’s a new thought: simplicity. just saying what it is without the worry that doing so might not fully reflect the complexity of the thing. because the complexity is readily evident, in spite of or because of the title simplicity. pieces that make you want to say “yes, it’s that and also so much more…” — like you are called into the worlds contained within the painting because you want to tell its painter that the title has only scratched the surface. and just like that, you have given yourself over. you can’t help but interact with the layers of paint, history, brushstrokes, stories carefully hung in front of you. behold:

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