Animation of a Gerald Murphy Painting

One of my favorite paintings to view at the Dallas Museum of Art is Watch by Gerald Murphy. The museum has moved the oil-on-canvas painting around the building to different locations in the past few years, but it is usually prominently displayed. The last time I viewed Watch, in early August, Murphy’s work was on the third floor of the museum amidst a number of works by strictly American painters. Below is Watch:

Watch is a fairly large painting. The dimensions of Watch are 78 1/2 x 78 7/8 inches (199.39 x 200.36 centimeters). Following is a picture by Michael Spear Hawkins, photographer, of one of his friends in front of the painting that gives perspective as to how large a canvas on which Gerald Murphy worked:

Inspecting Watch close up is interesting in that you can see the precision in which Murphy delineated all of the parts of a watch. Some pencil lines can still be seen in some places from what I recall. 

I always wondered what it would be like to see Gerald’s* Watch start ticking. Guess what? I was doing some searching regarding Watch and happened upon this short animation of Gerald’s work by an animator from Stuttgart, Germany. Following is what I was excited to find on Henning M. Lederer‘s website:

HERE is a link to Henning Lederer’s website posting of the animation. Henning’s wordpress site is entitled “machinatorium” as he apparently enjoys animating similar works to Watch, as well as other works. Henning’s wordpress site is only one part of his complete website, which can be found HERE. I have enjoyed perusing Henning’s site the past few days and have enjoyed his animations, collaborations, artwork, and creativity. 

For a little more information on Watch, the DMA’s educator blog posted an entry that can be found HERE.

Finally, you can view a short episode of KERA’s show think about the Murphys and the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art that was shown in 2008 by clicking HERE.

*I use Gerald, as I have read Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill a couple of times, as well as several other books about the Murphys, and have a real appreciation and affinity for the style and creativity of the Murphys (Gerald and his wife, Sara) and their group of friends from the 1920’s in Paris and Antibes. 

  4 comments for “Animation of a Gerald Murphy Painting

  1. January 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Thanks a lot, Denise, for this nice post!
    Regards from Germany: Henning

  2. January 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Your welcome, Henning. You are very creative and talented and I have enjoyed exploring your work. Take care, Denise

  3. January 16, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    interesting to just sit and take it all in! reminds me of a mathematicians work of art.

    • January 16, 2012 at 4:14 AM

      Yes, it is! I keep watching it over and over again. 🙂

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