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Dancing Cranes

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Fan - 31 Expert - 20
$5,600.00

This is the fifth painting in an unexpected series of bird paintings. Mystery is again at the core. In Japan the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. The crane is often featured on Japanese screens. This painting pays homage to those screens, while the water is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. As always Bruce is asking the viewer to participate in developing the narrative.

Responses (2)

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Franc Kaiser
Franc Kaiser Artist

August 03, 2022

Brilliant birds! I really like the subdued colors.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Creator

September 27, 2022

Thank you. These birds have come home to roost, after spending time in a design show in Los Angeles.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Creator

August 04, 2022

One more thing, the water was not in the sketch. It came at the end. After I thought the painting was completed. I am pleased with the "subdued' blue / gray and how it is repeated in the underwing and the shaded aspects of the two birds.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Creator

August 04, 2022

Thank you, I'm currently working on a new crane painting. Each one I think is my last, and then ...something, a new unexpected circumstance, a different gesture pops up, and I figure, "Well, one more." I'm excited about the new one. I'm learning as I go along.

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Corinne Anderson

December 10, 2021

Cranes are highly symbolic creatures, not only in Japan but all over the world. They often symbolize balance or living in harmony with others. "Dancing Cranes" speaks to balance on many different levels, but it's most powerful in relation to the philosophical concept of yin and yang. The Edward Hopper-ian water on the left of the canvas is ominous in dark grays with white-tipped waves but inside the space with the cranes, there is a warm, glowing light coming from that direction. Both cranes are in a state of agitated motion, one reaching up with wings outstretched while the other bends low with both feet on the ground. Balance is about meeting in the middle, finding a central place where dueling subjects, like light and dark, can coexist.

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Bruce Dean
Bruce Dean Creator

December 10, 2021

Thank you Corinne, as I often mention, when speaking about my work, my understanding of it develops over time, on occasion, long after the work is completed. There are many organized visits to my studio, sometimes from classes. I love the discussions and often learn about my work, even my intentions, when having them. The yin and yang connection you have made is brilliant. I see it, perhaps I considered it, but only visually, not yet verbally. thank you.

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Bruce Dean
Creator
Category
Figurative, Surrealism
Type
Painting - Unframed
Materials
Oil, Canvas
Dimensions
40.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
1.60 inches deep
Weight
10.00 lbs
Location
Los Angeles, CA, US
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