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The Art of JAMA
January 1, 2014

Boogie WoogiePaul Chidlaw

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.

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