The Portuguese ladies in waiting of Ann Márquez in the Palace Pimentel of Valladolid
The Portuguese ladies in waiting of Ann Márquez
The Portuguese ladies in waiting of Velázquez were identical with 1656 for Sevillian genius. Conceived like a portrait of «private use», for its execution and mastery soon it reached an enormous diffusion. Its recognition and prestige quickly penetrated the borders and convirtieó in an icon. There are great the artists who admired the work of Velázquez and it is very frequent to find in its works motives that testify the influence of the Sevillian artist. From Goya up to Picasso passing for Manet, Sargent, Courbet, Degas, Renoir, Whistler or Toulouse-Lautrec are some of many painters who turned out to be influenced by this collective portrait of the royal family.
Every epoch has had its vision of The Portuguese ladies in waiting, its own interpretation. From the second half of the XXth century there are innumerable the samples that "owe" a little Velázquez, and not only in painting. The icon of The Portuguese ladies in waiting as if of an object of Pop Art it was talking each other has been repeated up to the satiety in multiple supports and skills. So much from the copy up to the free adaptation of the original picture. There are great the artists who centred on the infanta, this central personage of the work of The Portuguese ladies in waiting and who then will pass to its individualization in different portraits. Some of these teachers exercise constantly in the repetition of these motives in the search of a proper style. This way we meet the painter and sculptor manolo Valdés (1942) who has realized a monumental series of Portuguese ladies in waiting in bronze that has been walked all over the world.
And something like that we can meet the of Malaga artist of birth and vallisoletana of adoption, Ann Márquez. An artist who, of a few years for here, has centred its production on a reinterpretation of The Portuguese ladies in waiting of Velázquez.
For those that should not know its work we can say that it is characterized by the presence of two elements that recur constantly. On the one hand the esquematización of the figure of the infanta: the typical long hair, the face without features, only an oval, the smug arms and the flared suit. And another fundamental element in its work is the chromatism. Being seemingly equal all its Portuguese ladies in waiting, each of them are singular, up to such a point that each one has its name. Ann Márquez introduces different colors and motives for adorning the suit, for giving finishing touches in the hair and for adding some element identificativo as adornment or complement as it could be an ornamental comb or a handkerchief to the neck. Its works flee of the abstraction to develop a figurative art of pure and essential lines, with a personal and recognizable pictorial language. The result is an original, kind work, full of sensuality and tenderness, constructed by means of a few soft colors that brings together modernity with tradition.
The of Malaga artist hangs on the exhibition hall of the Palace Pimentel of the Delegation of Valladolid twenty works that are, in words of the artist, «self-portraits inspired by its infancy and by its life that join a history of doubts, illusions, sufferings and sleep». The sample complements itself with the introduction of other motives as there are the "needles" or its Sevillian ones. Also in the Pimentel room we can see a small collection of complements and accessories of jewelry shop that has the base in its own pictorial inspiration creations velazqueña.
It is not the first time that Ann Márquez realizes an exhibition in Valladolid. In 1994 its journey began for the rooms and galleries of exhibition of the capital vallisoletana, receiving, in 1999, I Award golden Medal of the Artistic Union Vallisoletana and since then it has not stopped. He emphasizes its presence in the Museum of Ceuta in 2010 («Both and I), in the collective exhibitions of New York and of Town Massoury (south Villefranche mer, France), in the Fair of Art of Paris (2009), international Fair of contemporary art of Marbella (2009), Takes a break of art of Forte dei Marmi (Italy, 2010) or the Fair of art of Bergamo (Italy, 2010-2011) and its recent step along the Gallery Movart of Madrid (2013)
Until April 26 it is possible to contemplate this exhibition in the Palace Pimentel of Valladolid.
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