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John Baker
"Imaginary Portrait of Empress Maria Theresa", acrylic, collage, pinks, silver

2019

$2,300

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John Baker’s “Imaginary Portrait of Empress Maria Theresa”, Eighteenth Century Empress of Austria, is an acrylic painting on canvas with collage 40 x 30 inches in silver and flesh tones with sapphire and azure blues highlighted by pastel pinks. Democracy has failed and the world needs to reincarnate Maria Theresa from her ghost to lead. Granted that she is festooned with masks and wigs, the attributes of identity disguise, and wears ermine-trimmed robes, nonetheless her elegant presence, her aristocratic certitude and grandeur of sensibility make her a perfect choice to guide us beyond the crises of our era. On second thought, maybe we better stick with democracy! The sides are unpainted and the painting is signed and dated on the reverse. John Baker is a widely exhibited painter based in Boston and New York whose solo exhibitions have been favorably reviewed in the Boston Globe (his paintings demonstrate that the human figure as a source of fresh ideas still endures), Art New England (Baker’s collages raise a bunch of interesting issues) and American Art Collector (John Baker’s wonderful and worthy project). A native of New York City, Baker was a pupil of Donald Judd for two years. The sculptor’s constructivist method remains an influence on Baker’s collage process, but Baker’s artistic results are more sensual and emotional as he adds the elements of subtle color harmony and reliance on impulse. Baker is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA.

Details

  • Creator
    John Baker (1944, American)
  • Creation Year
    2019
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Baker_Imaginary Portrait of Empress Maria Theresa1stDibs: LU50036498202

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    Ships From: Foxboro, MA
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