Theme: Painting Natural Beauty of Females. Women Painters Painting Males and Females
THE BLUE LADY, By Liliana Bianco.
The painting in general and the paintings of natural beauties of human body in particular had remained the ‘Male Painters’ bastion for long time. It had made the art of figurative painting more or less as seen from the eyes of males exclusively. Many a time, on seeing these paintings, especially of the paintings depicting beauty of a female’s body, we tend to believe that these pieces of art are painted for satisfying the male gaze only. The artists who painted these females looked prejudiced in highlighting those parts of female body where the male folk ‘invests’ their eyes most. But if this painting done by Liliana Bianco is any evidence, the story is taking a decisive turn.
The Art: Here in this painting of a woman, the main purpose of the Argentinean artist Liliana seems to be the depiction of art itself and not mere a show of the parts of female body claiming much gaze. Here the clothe-less female painted by the artist certainly looks like the subject of her painting, instead of the object for looking at. This is a convincing proof indicating the change of mind-set of the modern artists.
When an artist wants to send a message of peace and harmony he or she uses blue colour in painting. Here Liliana has done the same, her purpose is clear. When Liliana takes brush in her hand and stands before a clean canvas, she paints with all of her senses, soul and with the flood of her overflowing emotions. For her the act of painting is like bridging the acts of hand and the heart.
New Wave: With more women painters entering in the field of figurative painting, this art has gone through a material change. The females painted by women artists look like the real subject of the paintings. A woman artist also paints the breasts and other body parts of the models, but there is a wide valley of difference in her painting them, so far as the basic attitude of taking a female body as an object is concerned. While seeing such paintings, a person with artistic eyes would not find that these painting depicting natural beauty of a woman are painted only as an object for looking at. Women artists choose cloth-less females as subjects of her artistic depiction; and they mostly remain faithful to the main road of the art without going on to the sub-lanes. While painting her models, a woman artist honours the female body by painting all the delicacies and beauties the female body possesses.
If we want to see the honest depiction of emotions, a grand play of imagination and the richness of ideas at one place; then a single visit to Liliana Bianco’s paintings would be sufficient. Infusing all these factors in her paintings, Liliana has claimed to be a member of the clan of the artists who followed the tradition of chiaroscuro.
On looking at some of her paintings, one would immediately feel that the painting is done in parts and then the parts are joined. In fact it is not so. The artists do make a mental image of would–be painting in fragments; but in her paintings, Liliana inject a unifying pictorial coherence that makes her paintings so eye-catching.
Look at this painting, “The Man”, a title the artist has given to this painting. First thing you would notice is the position of The Man’s eye. If we were to evaluate this painting in terms of the areas where different emotions are depicted, we would imagine the whole frame cut into two parts. The tip of nose divides the composition of painting into two horizontal parts. The upper part portrays the mystery portion of the painting and the lower part demonstrates a feel of an undeclared sadness or embedded grief.
The strained eye suggests the presence of some mystery-clad element. Or there might be some strange object that the man has just taken cognizance of. He seems caught in a situation creating difficulties which human reason is incapable of solving. Such is the power of mystery; and the artist has not failed to display her artistic prowess to depict that power. She has used a befitting colour scheme for that purpose, too. Now take the lower part of the painting. If the pressed position of the lips is any evidence, then the lower half of painting suggests an element of fear. This fear or a notion of apprehension might have been generated after seeing an unknown object or a scene. In all respects the artist is quite honest in depicting the total stock of the emotions the person is carrying on his face.
The art takes its birth out of the womb called intuition; and the intuition is like the river: the river that is dangerously flooded with water.
FENIX by Liliana Bianco Size 70 X 100cm
If a person involves herself or himself in the realm of art, she/he should be ready to be driven out by that flood. Liliana Bianco, an artist from Buenos Aires,
, has agreed to let herself swim in the flood. Argentina
The Artist: When Liliana takes brush in her hand and stands before a clean canvas, she paints with all of her, senses, soul and of with the flood of her overflowing emotions. For her the act of painting is like bridging the acts of hand and the heart.
An artist reveals herself/himself through the art; and through these actions of artistic display, the artist tells the whole world what he/she has felt, experienced within the heart. Once the artists form particular images in their minds, they mould these images into some recognized patterns. It is for the benifit of the viewers pleasure. And when a viewers’ eyes recognize those patterns, there happens an aesthetic enjoyment.
The Art: If we look at the aesthetic aspects of the above painting, Felix, painted by Liliana, first we can find the visible simplicity of artistic display: the big canvass of 70 X 100 cm and the eye-catching layers of acrylic paints and oil colours. Besides this visible aspect, there is an invisible drama being played by the rich and intense colours. Her palette is charming by yellow and energetic by the red, orange and blue.
What makes a viewer’s eyes pasted on the frame of “Fenix” is the masterly use of yellow. It is said that the yellow colour pleases even the God. The yellow is symbol of unending energy from Sun, the real strength of every living being on the earth. Here in her painting Fenix, Liliana has used several shades of yellow paint. It symbolises our hope that the God has not closed his office, and we still can draw on the ultimate power.
What the Artist Tells about the Art
I usually paint with all of me, senses, soul and of course with my emotions. But I do it without thinking on it, generally when I am near to finish the paint I sit and watch it having a dialogue between the picture and my deep analisis of the work. In that moment I can observe the things that appear in the paint and always I surprised miself with the result, sometimes the emotion let me fall some tears.
"In that moment I can observe the things that appear in the paint and always I surprised myself with the result, sometimes the emotion let me fall some tears. I have no idea to draw or paint a figure but this man was reflected in my painting and I like to take those suggestions that I had. So I dedicated myself to emphasize the figure when I discovered. (For the painting shown here) I was working with the colours and just stop to look the paint and the Blue Lady appear in front of my eyes in a natural way, then I wish to let her to appear without drawing just the figure that you see with blue hair, a lot of different colours. I used acrylics over paper and I called The Blue Lady." -- Liliana Bianco, Buenos Aires,
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