CONTEMPORARY MONOTYPE PHENOMENON

Serenade

Serenade
Matt Phillips, 1965
color monotype with pencil additions, 39.4 x 29.2 cm
(15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist


Phillips Biography

The influence of Maurice Prendergast and Edouard Vuillard is especially strong in Matt Phillips's work of the 1960s, but one already sees his distinctive blend of abstraction, decoration, and rhythmic vitality, which writer Joyce Carol Oates has compared to music and poetry:

One's first and most superficial impression of Matt Phillips' art is that it is delightful in the conventional sense of the word: giving pleasure to the eye and the eye's mind; evoking the sort of shimmering nexus of emotion. . .one associates with certain works of Debussy and Ravel and even Chopin, and in poetry, Wallace Stevens; exciting one's admiration through the very audacity of its ostensibly uncomplicated "prettiness."

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