Angel With Heart Ver. IV #44
Acrylic on Paper
30" x 22.25"
Angels are one of Peter Max's favorite subjects to paint; inspiring the artist from millenniums of Western Art through the works of Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Chagall, and as creatures of the higher ideals of pureness of spirit and compassion. Angels have appeared frequently in Max's work, in drawings and prints from his early 'Cosmic' period in the 1960s through his 'Neo-Expressionistic' painting style which emerged in the 1980s.
In 'Angel with Heart,' Max paints his angel with a spirited color palette, in bold planes of textural, expressionistic acrylic on a field of tranquil blue. Brushwork detail gives movement to the angel's wings and the flowers adorning them. Her expressionless face brings calm and serenity. A compassionate companion and guardian, her heart is open on her chest, accentuated with the artist's energetic brushwork.