"Bringing a portrait painter’s depth of psychological realism to the table, the Prosperis make history paintings that are distinctly contemporary," writes Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe of the exhibition “Duets: Themes and Variations: New Paintings by Warren Prosperi,’’ at Boston's Vose Galleries through July 16.
“The First Casualty of Bunker Hill,’’ a monumental 7-by-10-foot painting by Warren Prosperi, who was aided by his wife, Lucia, is a well-researched, minutely-detailed history painting depicting the start of the American Revolution. It is the first in a series of four that the artists hope a buyer will buy and donate to a Boston institution.
“Coming out of modernism, history painting was the lowest of the low. It hadn’t been practiced for a long time,’’ Warren says in the Boston Globe. “We thought, Why not revive history painting, and be journalistic and factual about it?"
The mural is featured with several paired paintings (duets) with diverse themes such as fly-fishing, New England landscapes, a string quartet practising, and a young woman experiencing a museum.
View the entire exhibition online here.