Philip Haas, a contemporary artist and filmmaker, has created four monumental portrait busts titled The Four Seasons. Haas’s 15-foot-tall sculptures are three-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s (1526–1593) portrait series of the same name. As in Arcimboldo’s paintings, the physical features of the four sculpted figures are rendered in botanical forms appropriate to each season. This exhibition acknowledges nature’s rhythmic cycles and, as sculptural portraits of people, they represent the human aging process from youth to old age. Haas’s meticulously detailed sculptures celebrate the human figure as well as the wonders of nature in surprising new ways.
Image: Phillip Haas, American, born 1954. Four Seasons (After Arcimboldo), 2010–2011. Painted and pigmented fiberglass. 180 x 159 x 118 1/2C Inches. Courtesy of the artist.