This oil in the Roundism series is based on a prestudy in pastel drawing Model – 01-12-17. My objective was to stay in line with the fauvist colour kind of strokes. In the case of the pastel they were pretty much ‘broken’ and ‘open’ strokes and patches, showing white edges. Next to this I also wanted to get to a more abstract feel by means of rendering the model slighty cubistic.
The couch she is reclining on also is altered to my cubistic needs. Referring to previous cubist drawings I tried to paint some essential geometric shapes in it like circular, rectangular and triangular moves. Colourwise I tried to get the max saturation on the model whereas the couch shows a less saturated colour scheme. Through this principle the attention is drawn to the body fully.
Last but not least I would like to point the viewer to the white spaces between patches of paint, for example in the area of the buttocks. The idea was that, by adding those, the body would not feel like watching a big lump. It renders the depiction ethereal to some extent. Of course I am standing on the shoulders of many like Paul Cézanne who pulled this neat little trick many a time in his paintings.
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Oil on linen (60 x 80 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers