Friday, April 2, 2010

Itacorubi Cemetery

Itacorubi Cemetery, Florianopolis, oil on card, 9.7 x 13.7 cm

An Edwardian sort of painting, with echoes of Sargent or Lavery. There's a certain slickness in that sort of painting that I've never been entirely comfortable with: salon art, bravura art, art made to impress one rather than move one. It died with the First World War.

It was very hard to get the right colour balance when photographing this: I found that photographing the picture against a dark red background helps, otherwise the camera, a Lumix (Panasonic) exaggerates the yellow and loses the blues.

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