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Vir Heroicus Sublimis

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Vir Heroicus Sublimis
painting of a woman enjoying a painting by Barnett Newman

Gerard Boersma
acrylic on panel (masonite)
8" x 8" or 20 x 20 cm
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Vir Heroicus Sublimis, Latin for 'Man, heroic and sublime', is Barnett Newman’s largest painting at the time of its completion. It's meant to overwhelm the senses.

Viewers may be inclined to step back from it to see it all at once, but Newman instructed precisely the opposite. When the painting was first exhibited, Newman tacked to the wall a notice that read: 'There is a tendency to look at large pictures from a distance. The large pictures in this exhibition are intended to be seen from a short distance.' Newman believed deeply in the spiritual potential of abstract art.

I create small studies like Vir Heroicus Sublimis in preparation for a finished piece or just as visual notes. I often use my small studies to understand the problems involved in rendering subjects and to plan the elements to be used in finished works, such as light, color, form, perspective and composition.

These small studies are exclusively available through my shop and blog. All studies are signed on the reverse.

Shipping takes about two weeks no matter where you live in the world. Price includes shipping and handling. You'll receive your painting safely packaged and ready to frame.

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kind regards, Gerard Boersma