Judith is hot, hot, hot

20 Jul

Dang, I need a glass of water when I look at this painting because it is so hot that it leaves me parched.

Koloman Moser, Judith und Holofernes, 1916, Oil on canvas, 49.5 x 37.9 cm, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

It is all about orange and yellow – burnt orange, golden yellow, firey orange, hot amber, rusty orange and sunburst yellow.  The only deviation is the cool blue of the fauchion’s hilt.

In comparison to many of the artworks I have examined, this composition is relatively simple.  And yet it is exciting and heart-racing.   Judith lifts the single drape to expose Holofernes’ inert body.   No clothing to distract, no furnishings to impede.  Simply a moment for Judith to hold her breath, to calculate, to gather her courage and strength.

Simply a moment of pause before changing the color of the scene to red.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Whorey


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