Edmond “Eddie” Paul Rochat III [RA 2017] : Study for knowledge, 2021.


SAL record control number: 103206 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Study for knowledge and inspiration  [from the artist] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Study for knowledge and inspiration  [from the artist] ;

Work date: 2021  [from the artist] ;

Work creator: Edmond “Eddie” Paul Rochat III [RA 2017] ;

Work medium: Oil on panel ;
Work dimensions: 18-1/2 x 8 inches [framed] ;

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SAL category: Oil ;
SAL sub-category: Allegory ;

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Description of work:
Great art is the product of two key ingredients, Knowledge and Inspiration. It’s my hope that these allegorical works will inspire the Salmagundi Club to always embrace them. Further, I believe they are fitting as the library is a central place to receive both knowledge and inspiration.

Knowledge takes a posture of concentration, carefully examining and analyzing. She holds a drafting compass, a symbol of her inquiry and specifically a tool of linear perspective, a key development in the renaissance, taking the artist from craftsman to intellectual. Knowledge plays a crucial role in the artist’s early and ongoing education and is essential for expression. She is seated in a Greek Ionic setting suggestive the more ancient and exotics of the two. Her shroud evokes the mystery of nature before knowledge receives it’s truths. Within the frame located at the bottom of the piece is an inscription. It is a quote by Leonardo da Vinci reading “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”

Inspiration takes a bold, extraverted posture, looks up and outside of herself. In her left hand is a Phiale (libation bowl) used in antiquity for liquid offering to a god. In her right arm is a bundle of laurel branches. The laurel branch can be found offered on altars depicted on greek vases. These religious objects capture the seemingly mystical and enigmatic experience of inspiration, often understood as receiving a gift or message from a muse. Inspiration is set within a Roman Corinthian setting which compliments her triumphant pose. She wears a traditional Greek Peplos. Within the frame at the bottom of the piece is an inscription from Henry The Fifth by William Shakespeare reading “Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention!”

2021 Edmond “Eddie” Paul Rochat III [RA 2017], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY Allegory today : the library commission November 8-19.

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November 4, 2021

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