Reading in Rome

14.00"W x 11.00"H x 1.5"D

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Suzanne DeCuir


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: interior, italy, impressionist, post

Media: oil

Size: 14"W x 11"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2018

Right next to the Spanish Steps is the Keats Shelley Library. Keats came to Italy in hope the better climate would improve his tuberculosis. A lovely library is there with original works of his along with the bedroom where he rested, wrote, and passed away. I happened to stop in when two scholars were discussing Keats in his last days. It was fascinating to eavesdrop. I wanted to capture the quiet mood there.

It is ready to hang and painted on deep cradle canvas so it looks good unframed.

From parked cars to waterways, from city streets to solitary figures, I am interested in the simple elements of shape and line. Most recently I have become interested in aerials which are already tilting toward abstraction. I like to take a reductive approach, stripping a landscape of detail so that color and shape can play a more important role than details. I often introduce competing dynamics - motion and stillness, color and lack of color, strong lines and amorphous shapes. I am not worried about covering every inch of the canvas with layers of paint; sometimes leaving a little unfinished, unresolved area makes the piece more interesting, at least to me. I paint in acrylics and oils. I am a third generation painter, following in the footsteps of my grandmother, a still life artist, and my father, a landscape painter. I have studied painting at the Loyola Rome Center and at the Otis College of Art and Design. It took me a good while to realize that art was my passion; this delay explains my BA and MA in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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