In this work, titled ‘’The Road’’ the artist has adopted a role of authority giving us the perspective of the driver who, although not seen, is in control of the direction in which we are travelling. The road dominates the entire scene almost merging with the sky but at the last moment it veers left.

The landscape is unpopulated and the elements of the composition are verging on geometric. The light pastel grey of the road is in contrast with the darker form of the tree to the left and the hills in the distance which form a flattened simplified treescape. By limiting the colours to grey, greens and blues the gravity and the grandeur of the landscape is emphasised.

 Both movement and stillness is captured and we are caught between the apparent stillness of the outside world and the speeding forward motion of the vehicle. A hint of the vehicle’s hood and dashboard can be seen in the lower foreground of the work. This presence of movement is further echoed in the voluminous forms of the cumulus clouds that loom in the background

There is a sense of ritual in this work which is profane as it represents a metaphor for the journey we all take down the highway of life. We can almost feel the gravitational pull towards our destiny. The impending human drama that would occur if we exchanged the safety and comfort of our journey inside the car for the perceived tranquillity of the great outdoors is all too obvious.

Yes I know I got carried away and it’s just a photo of the highway I took yesterday as I was driving down to Canberra to visit the National Gallery to see the masterpieces from Paris. But when you’re about to see Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Seurat, Denis, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard and Monet you need to sound as if you know what you’re talking about. So I have used the edit facility to create my own Impressionist Masterpiece. 

I had a fantastic time and spent over two hours viewing the 112 works by some of the best known Post-Impressionist artists. After the viewing I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Starry Nights’ concert where the Clare Bowditch Trio performed.

I had Red Duck curry and rice for dinner and a few Beck’s German beers. As part of the adventure I decided to sleep in the car. It rained a little and turned out to be a bit cold, about 10 celsius, but great fun. It’s 5.46 AM and I’ve just arrived home so I’m off to catch a few hours sleep.




  1. (I’d have gladly shared that road with you.)

    A bit of your Pan comes to the surface here Sean! And not the first time either! I’ll be a happy fool to your jest, willingly.

    And actually I liked your masterpiece. I usually like to leave out reference to modern and mundane in what I write (like cars, refrigerators and TV’s). But here, it felt just right, more suggested than made the center, yet clearly present (omni-present?) just like in our daily lives, yes, seeing through the windshield indeed. Contemporary without brutal imagery. (How’s that for your “artistic” review?) Good trickery Sean!

    And yes yes, in person must have been wonderful! Years back a visiting exhibition from the NYC Whitney museum (American modern art) came to San Jose. I’d studied them in books for years, but with a childish, “oh gosh” in person – breathtaking!
    (Good sleep to you.)

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