William Crump

Rise After Rise Bow the Phantoms Behind Me, 2012, linen, wood frame, glass, brass, gouache, flash, various dimensions

Rise After Rise Bow the Phantoms Behind Me, 2012, linen, wood frame, glass, brass, gouache, flash, various dimensions

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, West Façade, Sunlight, 1894, oil on canvas, 50 1/4 x 36 in.

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, West Façade, Sunlight, 1894, oil on canvas, 50 1/4 x 36 in.

There were a very few specific works by Monet I saw in Paris last summer while at the Musée d’Orsay. Namely, his paintings of the Rouen Cathedral. Those pieces had a huge impact on me from the start. As I approached my painting last year, I had those pieces in mind. It’s hard to get a sense of how powerful those works are from one jpeg, but standing in front of them, they looks as if they were painted yesterday. I wanted to steal as much as I could from that experience. My work I’ve included here attempts to capture something of that same spirit. –William Crump, 2013

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