I’ve always said it’s not possible to appreciate a picture without seeing it, smelling it, touching it… We need to be in front of the true work and any photo can show the quality of the artist hand.
It’s almost a scam to see Las Meninas by Velazquez in a book and what to say about Sistine Chapel… Colors and brightness change, transparences too and it’s difficult to feel the textures of materials (oleo, pastel, collage…).
Yes, I know we need photos to study old great masters and to spread the work of the current ones, but to make a judgment without seeing the true painting, it’s sometimes unsatisfactory.
Some days ago, I saw on internet the portrait of Martin Cid by Elena Malec and, of course, I like it. This fantastic blue that surrounds the figure mixing with the suggestive smoke of the pipe and the twenty other tones of blue (Elena’s palette is masterful) scattered on the clothes, wooo… The atmosphere impressed me, the same as the attitude reflected in Martin’s face.
Today, I’ve seen the true work, bigger than I thought and therefore more laborious. It’s made with pastel, a less spectacular technique than oleo, a technique which needs more precision and which prevents corrections. What perfect lines! How Elena manages her hand, no doubts, decision, and the result is a strong figure, much stronger than internet shows.
Colors? How about colors? Well, not twenty but fifty blues lighting among shadows which, once again, are sure stains painted without doubts. It’s precious, full of details, we can even appreciate the grain of the wood of the pipe and the velvet scarf.
I’ve been looking the painting while eating, and yes, he’s Martin Cid from another time and dimension looking the future.
Fantastic, Elena. It’s a shame everybody cannot see the true portrait.
More about Elena Malec: http://elena-malec.blogspot.com.es/
More about Martin Cid: http://www.martincid.com