Seeing Things Invisible, Forrest Bess at the Menil

Living in a fishing camp and selling bait and making paintings sounds pretty wonderful, but I imagine the reality might be a little less idyllic. The Menil Collection exhibition Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible   is ending soon and is certainly worth taking another look (see earlier post here). Whether Bess was a 'visionary' painter or not, I'll leave to the historians. I find his painting enigmatic, that's enough for me.
Forrest Bess, untitled, ca. 1950, oil on canvas, 6" x 7 3/8"

Forrest Bess, Untitled, 1947. Oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of the artist
Photo: Paul Hester


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