The Blind Leading the Blind

Artist: John Arruda (American, b. 1947)
Title: The Blind Leading the Blind
Date: 1993
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 34" x 40"
Location: First floor
Provenance: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Gift of John Arruda and Sally Bowdoin. © John Arruda

The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Gift of John Arruda and Sally Bowdoin. © John Arruda

Exceedingly imaginative and dramatic, Arruda creates compelling portrayals of all facets of human emotions. His probing of the human soul results in raw psychological portraits, and often violent imagery.

Disturbing and dreamlike, this painting appears to be a murder scene but is also intriguing for its ambiguity. Is this about a physical death or psychological death? Where are the hands on the central figure? The split images give a sense of movement and fragmentation, enhancing the unsettling feeling.