Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke Family Trust

bright red, patterned background with bright green pears on a table

The The Woodbury Art Museum is proud to house a collection of works by Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke. In partnership with the Family Trust, the museum cares for and displays her paintings.

Jeanne called her painting thesis a “Maximal Statement” and her work is rich with symbolism.

What is maximalism?

Maximalist painting evolved as a reaction to the emphasis on severe reduction and simplification of form found in the Minimalist and Bauhaus movements. Even though minimalist paintings “lack identifiable subjects, colors, surface textures, and narrative elements” (Gardner, 1082), the embodied ideas tend to be quite complicated, and in some cases require a multifaceted explanation to understand them. In contrast to minimalism, “maximalism should speak a thousand words instead of needing a thousand word[s]” to explain it. Maximalism exudes richness, excess, heavy technical layering, dense composition, and visually stimulating narratives. Maximalist compositions tend to also embody horror vacui (from Latin "fear of empty space"), a stylistic element in which the entire surface of an artwork is filled with detail.

Pears from the Harvest