Greg Thompson introduced to me the work of Edward Rice. He’s most known for his iconic architectural “portraits,” as I would call them. Here is a rare landscape that I found remarkable. I’ve said before, composition isn’t always about structure, it can be about color. This painting, “The River,” is another example of a dichromatic scheme. All oranges and blues. The gentle burnt siena tonal treatment of the land elements contrasts sharply with the deep, bold, rich, saturated water. Might be ultramarine, cobalt, prussian (mineral), even phthalocyanine (chemical) blue pigments all packed into those hyper-chromatic shapes. Rice didn’t see these colors, he chose them. Did you notice the little patch of neutral accent, the house on the far bank? Brilliant.


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