Andrew, I’d like to add a painting by Marcus Reichert to your post about how life and nature and great paintings all share the property of being simultaneously simple and complex.
22" x 22" 1994
Private Collection, France
This painting by Reichert is like that: deceptively simple and yet extremely complex. His image certainly reduces the tree to a basic shape; one that pretty much anyone anywhere would recognize as a tree. Simple enough, but it’s also not so easy; as one looks, one finds it’s also incredibly complex and multi-layered. A great painting.
I’d like to add this painting to Grace DeGennaro’s to make the point that this quality is not bound to one way of working, but crosses the entire range of painting styles. As you wrote, from Memling to Pollock.