Haas Four Seasons
The artist Philip Haas, born in San Francisco in 1954, has mainly two creative aspects. On the one hand, there would be his facet as a filmmaker in which he has achieved important successes such as his Oscar nomination for his film Angels and Insects or other productions such as Up at the Villa or Music of Chance in which he had the participation of great Hollywood actors or writers as prestigious as Paul Auster.
But in addition to that, he is also a renowned sculptor, especially for his figures of The Four Seasons in which he has used fiberglass as the main material to recreate with great detail the paintings dedicated to the seasons by the Renaissance painter Arcimboldo.
It is not the first time that his creations, which are authentic installations, have been based on works by artists of the past, and that he has also recreated the spaces of the paintings of Anibale Carracci , or has been inspired by paintings by Tiepolo and other 20th century artists such as Ensor.
However, his most famous proposal has been this series of four sculptures based on the canvases ofArcimboldo. The first one he did was dedicated to Winter, which was exhibited in 2010 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. And from there, he traveled to places like the Plaza del Duomo in Milan or the gardens of the Palace of Versailles where works by contemporary artists are regularly exhibited, such as the impressive Waterfall by Olafur Eliasson.
And from it he made the other three representations of Spring, Summer and Autumn. Some works on a gigantic scale, a size that further reinforces the puzzle value of the Renaissance artist's own paintings. Since it is about effigies built from fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, trees, flowers, moss, branches, leaves, trunks, etc, … Thus creating attractive and exuberant images as well as surreal, in whichHaas goes into all the details given the size of more than 5 meters in height that each of these heads has (they weigh about 400 kilos each).
The Four Seasons have been traveling since 2012 when they were finished and have been in gardens and museums in various places in the United States and Europe, including the Botanical Garden of the New York City.