Spring in the Northern Hemisphere IV

Painting my way through Life  -

This sentence  came with a nice comment of my Canadian friend and I think it suits me, thanks Dan Gray!

A certain conflict happens whenever I travel. There´s a lot to see to experience, learn...On the other hand the desire of capturing what I feel  on canvas or on paper gets into competition. It is wonderful when I manage to squeeze both in the always short  period of time.
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge I was captured by the beauty of the morning sun. I had to stop for a quick watercolor sketch.
sketching Brooklyn Bridge- Sandra Nunes

One of the most moving experiences...
Sunday in Central Park

Not because it was Easter Sunday nor because it happened in Central Park, but for the lightness of the moment I had the privilege of living.
I opened my pochade box by the balustrade facing the Fountain. That site always called my attention and this time I decided to capture the cold afternoon light bathing the Angel of the Waters.


Bethesda Fountain- Central Park

Painting in Central Park - Sandra Nunes

Painting in Central Park - Sandra Nunes
I worked all the time listening to Bach. At the end of my painting session I went to check who was playing that heavenly sound coming from under the Arcades...

Musicians in Central Park

This trio was a side show...
The audience
To avoid a long post I´ve divided these notes on the trip into 4 posts. You can read on here
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part I
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part 2
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere part3



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Spring in the Northern Hemisphere III

Metropolitan Museum of Art - continued

The Passions of Jean Baptiste Carpeaux

Besides the amazing sculptures this show features a large collection of drawings and etches by  Jean Baptiste Carpeaux.
The composition and the anatomical realism of  "Ugolino and his Sons"  is amazing! The bodies portray  the all tension of the moment in their expressions and dynamics of their movement







Anders Zorn
Sweden Master Painter
National Academy

No web reproduction or any print of these masterpieces can show what you see up close! Zorn´s oils and watercolors are a real feast for the eyes!
I had the rewarding feeling  of being at the right place at the right time! 


Omnibus, Anders Zorn
Omnibus, Anders Zorn



Omnibus, Anders Zorn
Omnibus, Anders Zorn, detail

Revisiting "my" Master 

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida 

Hispanic Society of America


This is the place where many years ago I had for the first time what could be called  "The Sthendal Syndrome". Back here now, it was not different. How can one not be moved by such greatness?It was as if time had stopped...


Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America


Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Hispanic Society of America

To be continued...

Read on Spring in the Northern Hemisfere I HERE
Read on Spring in the Northern Hemisphere II HERE

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Spring in the Northern Hemisphere II


   New York

This April, without the wind and a bit less cold than Chicago, New York displayed most of the time a beautiful blue sky and a warm Spring sun. 
I´m posting here some aleatory images among hundreds I brought home in my camera and in my memory.

First stop: Metropolitan Museum of Art

                        The artist looking at himself....
Rembrandt Self Portrait
Self Portrait - Rembrandt
Revisiting Tolouse Lautrec ...


Toulouse Lautrec
Toulouse Lautrec
Van Gogh painted these two works on the same canvas, front and back...
Front:Self Portrait                      Back: The potato peeler
Central Park- Maurice Prendergast
Moonlight, Wood Island Light- Winslow Homer-oil on canvas

At the Seaside- William Merrit Chase

Avenue of the Allies- Childe Hassam
Checking George Bellows energetic brushstrokes and his power of synthesis
George Bellows, Swans in Central Park
Swans in Central Park
Studying Velasquez...
The other opportunity I had to see this painting it was hung on a wall were we could not approach too much. From the distance this portrait called my attention for its on sake, the composition, the story it tells, the look of the model and the impossibility to dissociate the relationship between the painter and the model.
Juan de Pareja was a slave of Velasquez  and he was his assistant from some time on.
From the distance we can see a refined portrait,elegantly lightened in a noble and silent atmosphere. When we get closer we can observe the perfect balance between the transparent washes and glazes of the abstract background with the impasto on Juan´s features which brings to light his strong look.
We can also notice the fluidity of this masterpiece, showing that it was effortless done.
There´s much more to see in this work and much more to learn from the Master of the Masters...

Juan de Pareja, Diego Velasquez
We can perfectly understand why Sorolla admired Velasquez so much and the influence we notice on his works.

More on Metropolitan Museum and New York here


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