Joseph Raffael (1933- )
Watercolor on Paper
21 x 29 in.
Signed lower right: @Joseph Raffael '78
Provenance: Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York City.
Joseph Raffael is known for post realistic and impressionistic painting of figure, still life, and fish. His early photo-realist paintings depicted nature based on photographs of animals, ponds and foliage. Large-scale close-ups of animal faces, such as Lizard Head, and human faces like "African Lady," were said to reflect a deep concern for nature. Raffael states his interest in "observing fertile and fantastic things that have within them the power to erupt, like Vesuvius."
Raffael's media changed from oil to watercolor, pastel and lithography as his interpretations of natural phenomena evolved from being photo-realistic to more impressionistic, as in Luxembourg Gardens: Memory, a watercolor. Raffael comments, "I like to think I paint feeling. I am interested in spirit as expressed in nature, the invisible made visible."