Peg and Sari

Peg and Sari

A Fauvish and expressionistic piece about the close relationship between the women.  The visual weight of the red hair flows into the complements of yellow and blue, grounding the composition.  Free flowing strokes and strong colors.

                                                    
Peg and Sari: ¡Amigas Para Siempre! acrylics on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 16 x 20″



Hungarian Woman

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Hungarian Woman
Hungarian Woman, acrylics, 20 x 24,” 50 x 60 cm (commission), prints only

 

$60 Giclee print (highest quality available), signed 1 of 100  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited edition $35 12″ x 16″/ 30 cm x 40 cm high quality paper, printed signature 

 

Artemesia Gentileschi, one of the best painters of the 1600’s and among the world’s best | Artemesia Gentileschi

Artemesia Gentileschi, one of few women painters in the 1600’s, and among the finest of either sex.

Born in Florence in the Baroque era, Artemesia (1593 – c. 1656) was one of the finest painters of her day, and the only one of her sex to achieve recognition.  She was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence was employed by patrons from the Papal states Italy, Naples, and England.   Her father Orazio was also very well known and respected as a painter, sharing his knowledge with her  from an early age, yet for years they were estranged until possibly near the very end of his life when they worked together in London for the royal family. 

Her most famous painting is Judith Slaying Holofernes, a bloody affair that demonstrates her powerful use of light and shadow allo Caravaggio.  She made use of her own image in this and many of other paintings.

Judith Slaying Holofernes

Susanna and the Elders (1610). She was 17

Her success was threatened in the earlier years by the crime to which she was subject, and the subsequent trial.  In 1611 at age 18 she was raped by Agostino Tassi, a painter Orazio hired to tutor her.   At that time if you were raped and the rapist promised to marry you, rape was acceptable provided the promise was kept.  She continued having sex with Tassi but he reneged on the marriage commitment – her continued relations with him was not considered exculpatory of his behavior.  At the time he was still married and having a sexual relation with his sister in law as well.  Part of the trial ordeal was a required gynecological exam.  In addition all witnesses had to undergo torture.  Their testimony would be deemed credible if they did not change their story.  The prosecution was carried out not by her but her father as women did not have standing in these matters.  Tassi was found guilty and sentenced to five years or banishment from Rome.  He chose the former.

 

 

My Ode to Artesimia, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3 x 1

St Cecilia Playing a Lute

She handles light beautifully, her underlying drawings are magnificent.  

Lucretia

She married a Florentine artist recommended to her by a friend, to which her father grudgingly assented, as was required if she were to marry anyone.  Pierantonio Stiattessi was also a painter but not of her stature.  He helped her get commissions, fathered their daughter Prudentia but later became a burden.  They spent most of her married years apart despite a very good beginning.  During these early years in Florence she was accepted into the prestigious Accademia di Arte del Disegno, which also required the approval of her father.  During this period Michelangelo Buonarrot, the Michelangelo’s nephew, asked her and other artists to contribute a painting to the house he was building to honor his uncle.  

Allegory of the Inclination (natural talent)
Allegory of the Inclination

Her letters reveal a love affair with a wealthy Florentine named Maringhi .  Her husband wrote to her lover in friendly terms using the backside of her love letters.  Perhaps Maringhi provided financial or other forms of assistance. By 1621 she and her husband were no longer cohabiting, and she had returned to Rome.  She found less success there than in Florence, and by 1630 she moved to Naples, finding lucrative work with the Viceroy.  In 1638 she went to London to help her father with a ceiling for which he had been commissioned. 

In Alexandra LaPierre’s Artemesia their reunion was awkward at best, coming after 25 years of separation.  LaPierre portrays Orazio as fearful of being outranked by his daughter.  By 1642 she had finished the work he had been hired to do,  leaving England some two years following her father’s sudden death in 1639.  She disappears from the records until 1648, when she is back in Naples

While it is true that there were few women painters in this period, there were others.  Italians of the era were Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, and Fede Galizia.  Per LaPierre, Artemesia’s success in Naples encouraged a number of female competitors.  

Judith and Her Maid Servant
Judith and Her Maid Servant.  Her treatment of robes is as good as anyone’s.

Most of her paintings feature women as protagonists.  While most women were portrayed demurely, her’s were strong and uninhibited, and making a mark in history.  

For a broader view of women in art in that era see the video by Art Historian Dr. Vida Hull

There is a good article on wiki if you want more information.   wiki on Artemisia Gentileschi  I highly recommend LaPierre’s historical novel referenced above.  There a very good video on youtube.   The producer expresses outrage at the lack of exposure of this fine painter.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoYF2rjCG68

 

 

 

 

Young Siberian Woman

Portrait of Young Siberian Woman | Portrait of Young Siberian Woman

Some of the people from the far north are ghost like as they roam the streets of St Petersburg.  This young woman is from Siberia. 

 

Young Siberian Woman
Young Siberian Woman

Young Siberian Woman, on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3 x 11.7″

Russian Man detail

Portrait of Russian Man with Hat | Russian Man portrait

 

 

Russian Man
Russian Man, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3″ x 11.7″

Russian Man detail
Russian Man detail

 

Woman Reclines, acrylics, A3, 30 x 42 cm, 11.5 x 16"

Woman Reclines

Woman Reclines

Woman Reclines == the woman is my Panamanian friend Vicky

 

 

Woman Reclines, acrylics, A3, 30 x 42 cm, 11.5 x 16"
Woman Reclines, acrylics, A3, 30 x 42 cm, 11.5 x 16″

Woman Reclines
Woman Reclines

Women, with Towel

Women, with Towel shows another in the mirror.  Meanwhile, another appears in outline, derived from the Portrait of a Young Woman,

 

Women, with Towel, cataracts (acrylics), A3/8.3 x 11.5" on high quality paper
Women, with Towel, cataracts (acrylics), A3/29.7 x 42 cm/11.5″ x 16.5″ on high quality paper

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Panamania Woman as Goth, detail

Panamanian Woman as Goth | Portrait of Panamania Woman as Goth

Panamanian Woman as Goth

This is another version of my Panamanian friend.  She was one of our Spanish teachers – they called them facilitators as they did not do formal teaching as much as immersion.  Always friendly and in a great mood.  It was only in the past year I learned she had trained as a model and was so good in front of a camera.

Panamania Woman as Goth, acrylics, 30 x 42 cm, 11.5 x 16.5"
Panamanian Woman as Goth, acrylics, A3, 29/7 cm x 42 m, 11.7 x 16.5″

 

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Panamania Woman as Goth
Panamanian Woman as Goth, detail

 

 

 

 

Panamanian Women in Multi Color

Panamanian Women in Multi Color | Portrait of Panamanian woman

This is another version of my Panamanian friend.   The background is inspired by František Kupka’s Mme Kupka (1910).  He was a Czech artist and she his wife.  I saw the painting at the Nieu Gallery in NYC, at a special exhibit that included some of Klimt’s famous paintings.

 

Panamanian Women in Multi Color, 33 x 48 cm, 13 x 20" acrylics
Panamanian Women in Multi Color, A3, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5″ x 16.5″

 

 

 

 

 

Panamanian Woman II

This is another version of Panamanian Woman.  I got to know my Panamanian friend when we lived in Panama when we were in the Peace Corps.  We lived and worked in the mountains and got to know quite a few people in that coffee producing community.

 

Panamanian Woman III
Panamanian Woman III, acrylics, A3, 11.5 x 16.5″ on paper