PAINTINGS 1994 - 2008
FIFTY YEARS ARTMAKING
A BRIEF HISTORY
THE DISASTERS OF
POSTCARDS FROM FRANCE
From April to July 1997, Ben Sakoguchi lived in the village of Giverny, site of the famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Sakoguchi was a visiting artist at the Fondation Claude Monet, Academie des Beaux Arts, Institut de France. He had been selected to particpate in the Artists at Giverny Program, sponsored by the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund. This unique cultural exchange between France and the United States was administered by Arts International, a division of the Institute of International Education.
"Postcards from France" is a series of paired canvases with an emphasis on art, war, and the passage of time. Sakoguchi painted from vintage photos and other materials he gathered—and from the photographs he made in Giverny, Paris, and while travelling around northern France. He also copied paintings by French masters.
The paintings reproduced here are acrylic on canvas, and date from 1997 and 1998. The 48 vertical canvases are 16 inches x 11 inches; the 84 horizontal canvases are 11 inches x 16 inches.
(click on images to see each group)
(While at Giverny, Sakoguchi also
made some studies for paintings
in his "Orange Crate Label Series".
To see these paintings, click HERE)
[Fifty Years Artmaking]
[A Brief History of Slavery]
[The Unauthorized History of Baseball]
[Orange Crate Label Series]
[The Disasters of War]
[Postcards from Camp]
[Postcards from France]
© 2005, 2006, 2008 Ben Sakoguchi