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Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936

Two takes on Shadow Boxes

I started with ideas for two separate posts: one would feature Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes and another would feature an artist who painted a portrait I saw at a show at the National Portrait Gallery in DC. But a funny thing happened, when I looked up the artist David Eichenberg, to see more of his work, I found that he did a series of trump l'oeil paintings inside of cigar boxes that have a strange similarity with Cornell's pieces. So, I've combined the posts into one that shows two different takes on shadow boxes. A quick aside before the shadow box work - below is the painting from the National Portrait Gallery, called Duchess of Toledo, that mesmerized me and stuck in my memory. .
David Eichenberg, Duchess of Toledo with Frame, 2008

David Eichenberg, Duchess of Toledo with Frame, 2008

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David Eichenberg, Duchess of Toledo, 2008

David Eichenberg, Duchess of Toledo, 2008

. Here are some of Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes. Cornell, had no formal art training, he searched for items that pleased him to create his art. He lived a reclusive life in Flushing, Queens with his mother and cared for his younger brother Robert who had cerebral palsy. .
Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Solar Set), c. 1956-1958

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Solar Set), c. 1956-1958

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Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936

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Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Bebe Marie), early 1940s

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Bebe Marie), early 1940s

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Joseph Cornell, Toward the Blue Peninsula, 1951-1952

Joseph Cornell, Toward the Blue Peninsula, 1951-1952

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Joseph Cornell, L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode, 1940

Joseph Cornell, L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode, 1940

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Joseph Cornell, Untitled (The Hotel Eden), c. 1945

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (The Hotel Eden), c. 1945

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Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Medici Boy), 1942-1952

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Medici Boy), 1942-1952

. Now, here are the works of David Eichenberg, an artist born in the 1970's in Toledo Ohio who uses traditional oil painting techniques in a new way. The images below start with the cigar box view and then show the detail of the oil paintings. .
David Eichenberg, Tight Fit, Panel inside Mahogany Cigar Box, 2008

David Eichenberg, Tight Fit, Panel inside Mahogany Cigar Box, 2008

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David Eichenberg, Tight Fit, detail, 2008

David Eichenberg, Tight Fit, detail, 2008

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David Eichenberg, Three Religions and a Tear Catcher, Oil on Oak Panel in a Cigar Box open view, 2008

David Eichenberg, Three Religions and a Tear Catcher, Oil on Oak Panel in a Cigar Box open view, 2008

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David Eichenberg, Three Religions and a Tear Catcher, Oil on Oak Panel in a Cigar Box, 2008

David Eichenberg, Three Religions and a Tear Catcher, Oil on Oak Panel in a Cigar Box, 2008

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David Eichenberg, Intruder II, Oil on Panel Mounted in Cigar Box, 2009

David Eichenberg, Intruder II, Oil on Panel Mounted in Cigar Box, 2009

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David Eichenberg, Intruder II, 2009

David Eichenberg, Intruder II, 2009

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David Eichenberg, Los Liberators, Oil on Panel Mounted in Cigar Box, 2009

David Eichenberg, Los Liberators, Oil on Panel Mounted in Cigar Box, 2009

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David Eichenberg, Los Liberators, Oil on Panel, 2009

David Eichenberg, Los Liberators, Oil on Panel, 2009


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