|ACACIA (NAMIBIA) (2000), BY WOLF KAHN|
ACQUIRED FROM JERALD MELBERG GALLERY, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, NOVEMBER 2000
PASTEL ON PAPER, 25" BY 19 1/2"
By his own admission, Wolf Kahn is known for the vibrant, almost excessive use of bright colors in his works... often forest scenes with bright swaths of orange, purple, and red. This work, however, features a very subtle use of blues and browns to depict a scene from Namibia, in southwestern Africa.
Basically, this work features a stand of acacia trees surrounded by grass, brush and scrub, in the middle of the veldt that covers much of southern Africa. The sky is an incredible shade of blue without a single cloud to be seen. Wolf has applied blue pastel over purple pastel to create a wonderful sky. Since Wolf's works often do not include any sky, this is a very unique effect.
What I really like about this work is how the frenetic lines of the scrub and the acacia tree are balanced against the simplicity of the sky... the scene that is created has a very real quality about it that appeals to me. Very cool.
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