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William Herod (b. 1956), Uccello Blu, 2014; acrylic and oil on pine, 34 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches; Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the artist, 2018

William Herod (b. 1956), Uccello Blu, 2014; acrylic and oil on pine, 34 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches; Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the artist, 2018

Herod offered the work in August 2018 before he moved to Italy. The title might reference several things. Paolo Uccello (1397-1475) was an Italian painter and mathematician known for developing methods to render 3-dimensional perspective in a 2-dimensional plane in a more realistic manner than previously accomplished. “L’uccello blu” (The Blue Bird) is the title of a play by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949). It was made into a surreal silent film by Maurice Tourneur (1876-1961) in 1918.