Susan Kraut

Wonderful and mysterious things can happen when you continue painting over many years. Sometimes you discover yourself circling back to themes and images which engaged you long ago. One of the earliest subjects I was drawn to, as a beginning painter, was the interiors of rooms, influenced initially by an exhibit of paintings by the French artist Edouard Vuillard. The sense of intimacy and emotional resonance that the paintings of these modest, personal spaces convey still seems miraculous to me.

The paintings in my current body of work are images from inside a room. Devoid of human figures, they reveal the evidence of human presence - windows left partially open, personal objects left scattered about, magazines or newspapers left partially read. They hint at human activity which has just happened, or a moment frozen just before some sort of action will recommence. They are meant to evoke a pause in daily activity, a small piece of the world caught in a moment of stillness.

Windows have been a subject in almost every painting I have made over the years. A window can be viewed as a metaphor for painting itself: a framed, selected view of a segment of the world we inhabit. In the newest paintings, the type of light and particular time of day have become especially important. Sometimes it is the bright, clear sunlight of mid-afternoon, asserting its presence in the mundane world of human activity; often, it is the murky, crepuscular light of dusk, enveloping the interior and creating a hushed moment. This is a time of day when the light is changing quickly. The paintings freeze this moment, evoking a pause of stillness in the fast-changing world.

Susan Kraut

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In a Danish Museum 1, 22” x 24", Oil on panel, 2015

In Brock’s Studio II, 24” x 26”, Oil on linen, 2016

New York Dining Room II With Shadow , 38” x 36”, Oil on panel, 2016

New York Kitchen I, 26” x 24”, Oil on linen, 2016

New York Kitchen II, 34” x 28”, Oil on panel, 2016

In Brock's Studio I, 22” x 26”, Oil on linen, 2016

Central Park West Window, 2013, oil on linen, 24x32

Claremont Window, 2013, oil on panel, 30x26

Lake St. Window, 2013, oil on panel, 28x32

New York Window V, 2013, oil on panel, 28x32

New York Window III, Before Sandy, 2013, oil on panel, 28x30

New York Window II, After Irene, 2013, oil on panel, 24x28

Italian Still Life XXX, oil on panel, 36x38

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