Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut. Gift of the Estate of George Deem, 2013.Accession Number 2013.10.7
| Artist's Notes
In Frans Hals Green (1965)I quote the painting by Frans Hals titled The Jester (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), the quotation isolated on a field of green. Goya with Detail, although I painted it two years earlier, is a related picture. The image I quote this time is Goya's painting of a woman with a water jug, with below the Goya quotation a detail of the same picture, both ...images isolated on a neutral ground. Actually, in each picture my reference is not to the original painting by Frans Hals and Goya but to reproductions of the Frans Hals and the Goya. Hence, the "detail" of the Goya, as in a magazine or art history book illustration.
My (1967) picture of an English lady by Raeburn, (titled Reproduction) georgedeem.org/works/view/Reproduction-1967-01-01and Frans Hals Green and Goya with Detail are three related pictures. They are three first-rate painting explorations of the area between perception of reproduction image and perception of painting image. As always in my work, it is painting that makes the pictorial statement. (George Deem, letter to Pat Sneed, January 3, 1979).