Eric Fischl
Untitled (Shower), 1989
Oil on canvas, in two parts
95 x 133 inches
Courtesy L&M Arts, New York

Looking at Eric Fischl's paintings is like peeking into a stranger's private photo album: their intimacy is startling and the situations are often fraught with sexual tension and psychological ambiguity. To create these dreamlike images, Fischl first photographs his models and then uses Photoshop to rearrange the figures and other elements. Once he is satisfied with the layout, he uses the digitally constructed scene as the starting point for a painting. This process yields fractured vignettes that resist narrative meaning, yet Fischl's skill as a painter suggests that what we are seeing is somehow real.

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