This monoprint was inspired by a baptism that Segalman happened upon as he was taking a walk at sunrise on one of the pristine beaches in Naples, Florida.
Born at Coney Island, NY in 1934, Richard Segalman began his career in the early 1960’s working with watercolors and oils, although he is equally adept at pastel and monotype. Represented in approximately thirty museum permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Boston Museum of Fine Art, among others.
While an excellent draftsman, he usually prefers to suggest emotion through clothing and bodily expression, rather than pure facial expression. He most often depicts two or three people engaged in a moment of intimate, emotional significance, usually in a tranquil domestic setting or an ephemeral beach scene. The faces of his characters are nondescript, as he allows their clothing and physical positions to communicate their feelings and relationships.
The expressionless faces and pastel palette employed by Segalman naturally draw comparisons with the works of the Impressionists, though his obvious relationship with his models adds a personal element that Impressionism lacks. His subject locales range from the stoops of Manhattan, to the beaches of Coney Island or Naples, and the fields and forests of Woodstock, NY – where he has made his home for many years.
monotype; monoprint on paper