The Jewel (Jay Defeo 1959)

Currently on display at LACMA, The Jewel is one of my favorite paintings. I just finished writing an essay describing what makes it fantastically interesting, including the fact that despite you can’t see it here, the meaty mounds of paint protrude several inches from the canvas, like it’s bursting out at the viewer.

Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective—"which is as tenderly shaped and as visually stirring as a career survey could possibly be" (The New York Times)—opens today.

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989), The Rose, 1958–66. Oil with wood and mica on canvas, 128 7/8 × 92 ¼ × 11 in. (327.3 × 234.3 × 27.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the Estate of Jay DeFeo and purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Judith Rothschild Foundation  95.170. © 2013 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Ben Blackwell