Black SpringArtist: Joseph Raffael
Dates: b.1933, Brooklyn, NY
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions: 7' x 18.5'
Current Location: MOA Collection Vault
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About Black Spring
If art imitates nature, then Joseph Raffael searches for the connection between the reality set before him and the emotion it projects within him as an artist. From a young age, Joseph Raffael considered nature to be his “most faithful companion.” His fascination with landscape is obvious in this composition. This high contrast painting explores the artist’s rendition of spring, and explores the fluidity of nature and the stark conflicts that naturally occur. White cherry blossoms are set upon a stark black background, and display the artist’s skills as one of today’s most talented realist painters. Raffael studied art at Cooper Union and Yale University. He currently lives and works in California.
This artwork was previously installed at the Carrara Place office building atrium for close to 30 years. It has since been moved to MOA's Collection Vault where it will be put on public display occasionally.