THE ARTIST PROJECT: Spencer Finch on William Michael Harnett's "The Artist's Letter Rack"
“I’m really interested in unconventional representations of conventional ideas in art.” As one of the foremost 'trompe l'œil' painters of the 19th century, William Michael Harnett manipulates his compositions to imitate reality. Contemporary artist Spencer Finch explains the ways that Harnett’s modest composition inspired his own work. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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