Views 393
Citations 0
The Art of JAMA
January 1, 2014

Boogie WoogiePaul Chidlaw

Author Affiliations

Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2014;311(1):12-13. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279250

The riotous colors and composition of a painting by Paul Chidlaw (1900-1989) may pose a puzzle to some, and sussing out its import will elicit varied opinions. This was A-OK with Chidlaw: “If you see it, it’s there. I like to leave something for the viewer to do because I don’t believe that it’s right for anyone to take your imagination completely away from you.” (Findsen O. Paul Chidlaw. Oxford, OH: Miami University Art Museum; 1985.) As part of the sensory process involved in creating his art, Chidlaw used a music motif as a form: eg, for him, pigments vibrated in dulcet violin tones, or reverberated as percussion, the notes of color blending in an exultant symphony of emotion.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview