Considering Figure Composition in Jacob Collin's work: By Fiore Custode
In looking at Jacob Collins' figure painting, there's no oubt that He plans his compositions carefully, giving much thought to the patterns of light and shade, and the position of "forms" of the figure. The imaculate cloth is heavenly, and the subtle vlues that decsribe the form is almost infallable. However, there seems to be no doubt that the rendition of the figue is more imortant to him than he expression of model's humanity. Collins doesn't quite reach the "exqisite plane " of Bogureeau's angelic softness in the flesh, and doesn't depart too much from what we expect in a good photgraph. The narrative (theme) or subject of figure expression is missing in Collins' work, which leaves us simply with a fantatic "renditional skill, which becomes the subject of his work.