Red Fields, East of Madrid

Richard Callner (b. 1927)
Date: 1988
Medium: Watercolor and gouache on paper
Dimensions: 29 1/2 H x 42 W

Signed, lower right: CALLNER '88

Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1988.23.1

Beginning in the 1980s, the artist and art teacher Richard Callner concentrated on landscapes and interiors with colorfully decorated surfaces and distorted perspectives. The effect saturates our senses and draws us into a world of the spirit and imagination. This watercolor is typical of Callner's landscapes in its display of a broad, colorful panorama of fields and hills with lively linear patterns and dynamically receding spaces. He acknowledges being influenced by the landscapes of Van Gogh, especially in what he calls their "penetrating perspective." However similar in style, Callner's works are closer in spirit to the joyous canvases of Henri Matisse than the angst-ridden ones of Van Gogh.