It’s about how a bunch of European painters started paying close attention to empirical reality (remember that?) The fact is that we’re being pulled ever further from an awareness of our minds’ basis in, and dependence on, nature, and from the idea that there exists an empirical reality. But when you’re so obsessed with exposing bias that you abandon the idea of an empirical reality altogether, you leave a vacuum. This show stands up for empirical reality. They painted all this not only with a growing sense of fidelity to empirical reality but with a relish for the pleasures of oil paint, atmospheric conditions and active, engaged observation.
Source: Washington Post February 25, 2020 13:07 UTC