Charles Munch's simple lines convey profound mysteries, drawing us into metaphysical speculations on the connections between nature and humanity. Reminding us of those connections, reviving them, is one of his major artistic goals.
To do so, Munch is developing an artistic language: symbols that point to meaning and can be manipulated like letters. If these oil-on-canvas pieces remind you of old woodcut typefaces, that is not entirely coincidental. Teasing new meanings out of the supposedly familiar is a specialty of Charles Munch ? a painter who's always searching for the meaning of the word "semi-abstract."