Caroline von Grone
German, born 1963

Painter Caroline von Grone describes her practice as “visual research” that emphasizes observation over concept. Always working on site—whether in subway stations, her living room, or the streets of her neighborhood—von Grone crafts rich, realist paintings that document the transformations the sites, figures, and objects she observes undergo over time. “What looks unprepossessing in reality or flat in a photo can acquire enormous depth in a painting,” she says. Von Grone describes her patient method as an attempt to allow her subjects to reveal themselves organically through observation, to capture subtle details and yet preserve the “vagueness and fleetingness” of each scene and moment.

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