M Tobias Hall [NRA 2021] : Preliminary color study for Tradition & Innovation, 2021.


SAL record control number: 103285 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Preliminary color study for Tradition & Innovation  [from artist] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Preliminary color study for Tradition & Innovation  [from artist] ;

Work date: 2021  [from the artist] ;

Work creator: M Tobias Hall [NRA 2021] ;

Work medium: Oil on linen ;
Work dimensions: 12 x 4-3/4 inches [each panel] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower left and right.
Dated?: No.
Text: ‘MTH’.


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

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Description of work:
For well over a century, the Salmagundi Club’s Library has served its artistic community as a link between our creative heritage and our potential for new growth. With this in mind, I propose that the two painted panels of the Club’s library doors open and close around the allegorical themes of Tradition & Innovation.

The main figure of the two unified compositions raises and reflects in the form of Innovation. In the first panel, she emerges with vulnerability and a sense of strength from a collective pool of experience and wisdom. One foot is submerged within Tradition as Innovation reaches upward; her gaze fixed upon a new horizon. In the second panel, she self reflects upon Tradition in the context of culture’s previous peaks. Though transcendent, Innovation still maintains contact with the past.

The two panels are compositionally woven together through narrative and geometry. Each stands on its own, but the composition achieves wholeness via the synthesis of Innovation’s evolution, self reflection and her unbreakable tie to Tradition. I believe that the thematic integrity of these panels will resonate with the Salmagundi Club’s own esteemed philosophy.
Description of Allegorical Symbols

Figure: Innovation
– Strength and confidence
– Nudity: vulnerability
– Gaze: intention
– Hand: action
– Cultural present to the future

Water: Tradition
– Collective experience and wisdom
– Cultural past to the present moment
– Genesis: birth & renewal/rebirth

– The future: Promise and potential
– The unknown: States of turbulence and calm
– As reflection: Past cultural peaks

– Immoveable terrain: challenges

– Dormant growth between our collective position and innovation – A loop: cyclical rhythm created by the union of Tradition & Innovation

Eye line/horizon:
– the present moment
– our collective position

2021 M Tobias Hall [NRA 2021], the artist .

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

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November 1, 2021

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