At first glance, there’s something decidedly more serene about these new floral works, which were inspired by the roses growing in the cemetery near Van Gogh’s grave in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, the jagged pieces rising from the canvas not unlike the thick swipes and globs of tactile paint you see from other artists. But when you come a little closer and realize these are fractured remains, you wonder: Are they plates shattered in violence or tears? Or perhaps in — opa! — celebration? If you’re the kind of art lover who likes to mull over these things, then check out more of Schnabel’s work here and track the evolution of this series.
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