Fine art oil paintings - Daniel Gerhartz
Daniel Gerhartz, "A Quiet Winter's Night," 2018, oil, 30 x 36 in.

Daniel Gerhartz: The Continuum of Beauty
Through July 29, 2018
Museum of Wisconsin Art

From the museum:

This exhibition of thirty-one paintings is the artist’s first major retrospective; it includes many new, never before seen works. His subjects hover between traditional figurative painting and portraiture; only about five percent of his production is true commissioned portraiture.

Fine art oil paintings - Daniel Gerhartz
Daniel Gerhartz, “Turquoise and Velvet,” 2017, oil, 48 x 30 in.

Gerhartz often depicts an interrupted moment, as if the sitter has just realized the artist’s presence. In the majority of his paintings, he relies on his wife, children, or a friendly farmer as models. These paintings are not portraits per se but rather vignettes, archetypes of maternal love, childhood simplicity, or grandfatherly affection; they often evoke an earlier and more humble way of life.

For Gerhartz, despite the currency of Conceptual or Postmodern styles, beauty is still a worthwhile aspiration. He finds inspiration and meaning in time-tested ideas about painting, simplicity, and family.

Fine art oil paintings - Daniel Gerhartz
Daniel Gerhartz, “Amethyst,” 2017, oil, 40 x 30 in.
Fine art oil paintings - Daniel Gerhartz
Daniel Gerhartz, “As One,” 2017, oil, 60 x 30 in.
Daniel Gerhartz, “Goodnight Moon,” 2017, oil, 48 x 30 in.

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