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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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New York Dining Room 1 With Shadow, 26” x 30”, Oil on panel, 2016


In a Swedish Room, 36” x 30”, Oil on panel, 2016


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


Chicago Living Room, With Paris, He Said - 36” x 40", Oil on panel, 2016


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


Dordogne Window II, 16” x 18”, oil on panel, 2016


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


Harbor Drive Window, 2013, oil on panel, 24x28


Ireland Window I, 2013, oil on panel, 26x22


New York Window IV, 2013, oil on panel, 28x34


Ashland Window, 2013, oil on panel, 28x22


Claremont Window, 2013, oil on panel, 30x26


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


New York Window II, after Irene Window, 2013, oil on panel, 28x22


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


New York Window I, 2013, oil on panel, 20x36


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


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