Four Seasons

May 18 – March 30

On display from May 18 through March 30, Four Seasons is an installation of four sculptures—each standing more than 15 feet high—by contemporary American artist Philip Haas. Encompassing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, the works are inspired by the 16th-century creations of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

About Four Seasons

Contemporary artist Philip Haas's monumental portrait busts reimagine the paintings of celebrated Italian Renaissance master Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526–93). Inspired by Arcimboldo's series Four Seasons, Haas has created sculptures in painted fiberglass of the 16th-century painter's four human portraits.

Haas offers a fresh perspective in the classical form by presenting the works in three dimensions on a colossal scale. The sculptures are placed in dialog with one another in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard, where visitors can view the formerly two-dimensional figures in the round. Haas's work is part of an art historical tradition that references the work of antecedents, creating contemporary forms rooted in the history of art.

As in Arcimboldo's paintings, all of the features of the four sculpted figures are rendered in simulated plant materials corresponding to the seasons. Haas's selected medium accentuates the original works' visual puzzle of natural forms.

Smaller-scale maquettes of the Four Seasons are on view in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rotunda through October 27.

About Philip Haas

Philip Haas is an American artist and filmmaker. He has presented solo exhibitions at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and London's Dulwich Picture Gallery. Additionally, he has exhibited sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and the Gardens of Versailles in France. His paintings, sculptures, and films have been featured in installations at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, and Robilant + Voena in London and Milan.

Haas is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught in the visual arts and creative writing programs at Princeton University. He lives and works in New York and London.

Four Seasons is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation