May 31, 2010
A Fall Vignette in Spring
"A Flurry of Leaves"*, by Hussein Maadi
This painting floats behind my father's desk at the office. I wouldn't say that it hangs. Leaves don't hang. Perhaps like a square of wallpaper, they are affixed. Captive in the perimeter of canvas and yet blowing in a flurry.
We looked at it closely today and my father observed some Matisse inspiration. He pointed out to me: "Look the leaves look like human figures". I admired his perspicacity and noticed there were indeed Keith Haring-like figures all around. The leaves became children jumping off a trampoline in sumersaults. Just look closely!
*Painting renamed by me