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Art for Women’s sake

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we want to homage it with a pearl from the recent art history. In 1991-92 Gottfried Helnwein created 48 portraits of the most important women in the world who left an indelible imprint in history in every field.

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Helnwein’s was a direct reply to the 48 male portraits painted twenty years earlier, in 1971-72, by German artist Gerhard Richter, who represented only men as the main and influent personalities of the world.
Richter’s men were made in gray in a photorealistic technique based on black and white photographs in encyclopedias, in contrast Helnwein painted his women in fiery red.

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All his life, Helnwein spent his talent to criticize the society and give a voice to those who don’t have it. In those years, he met the German feminist Alice Schwarzer and in a radio interview he spoke about his 48 portraits, highlighting the problem of excluding women, both in the past and in the present.

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Nowadays, we’re witnessing a always larger wave of indignation and defense of equal rights, by both men and women, but it’s clear that in the past years it was not very common to actively stand up for this cause.

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The 48 women painted by Helnwein are:
Sofia Kowalewskaja, Virginia Woolf, Louise Otto-Peters, Ella Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, Lise Meitner, Josephine Baker, Hannah Arendt, Claire Waldoff, Marilyn Monroe, Käthe Kollwitz, Tina Turner, Patricia Highsmith, Bertha von Suttner, Janis Joplin, Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Christa Wolf, Mileva Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Else Lasker-Schüler, Pina Bausch, Erika Fuchs, Selma Lagerlöf, Marie Curie, Marie-Luise Kaschnitz, Emmeline Pankhurst, Florence Nightingale, Susan Sontag, Marlene Dietrich, Anne Frank, Camille Claudel, Margaret Mead, Rosa Mayreder, Irmtraud Morgner, Meret Oppenheim, Georgia O’Keeffe, Isadora Duncan, Astrid Lindgren, Rosa Luxemburg, Frida Kahlo, Maria Callas, Billie Holiday, Clara Schumann, Alice Schwarzer, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Hedwig Dohm.

Below, you can see the exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague in 2011, where all the portraits by Richter (on right) and Helnwein (on left) were shown together, face to face, for the first time. Both cycles are part of the permanent collection of the Ludwig Museum, Cologne.

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This and other contents will be present in the #2 issue of Hyperrealism Magazine, that will be out in March 2018.

 

All the photos and infos belong to Gottfried Helnwein.
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Behind the hyperrealism of Jacques Bodin

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Jacques Bodin is a French based painter who realizes truly exceptional hyperrealistic paintings. His superior technique allows him to excel in every subject he decides to represent, passing from portrait to still life and natural scenes with great mastery.
So, he creates some different series, but one of the most recognizable and interesting is “De Dos”, where he depicts mainly female subjects portrayed from behind, while observing a natural landscape on the blurry background.

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In the first issue of Hyperrealism Magazine, Jacques told us something about his work, explaining the meaning behind these particular portraits:

One of your first series represents people portraited from
behind. What’s the meaning of this uncommon choose?
I started painting the “De Dos“ series twenty years ago.
I found some help in old masters. The reference was Caspar David Friedrich with its “Wanderer Above The Sea Of Mist”.
I worked on the theme of the human figure turning one’s back to the viewer. It was a conception of the portrait showing what is never detailed: the back and through it the interiority of the human being. The models contemplate a mysterious scene, admiring and probably experiencing a deep introspection.
The viewer and the model are the witnesses of the same scene. This situation invites to contemplation, not to confrontation.
I made about sixty paintings on this theme and frequently with more attention to what became an essential theme: the hair.
The hair becomes a kind of abstraction separating the subject from ordinary reality and endowing it with a life of its own. It becomes a world in itself, a microcosm. I focus on the essential, the spiritual oneness of the hair; there is, indeed, a connection between this magnified section of human physiognomy and the universe.

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You can read the entire interview in the Hyperrealism Magazine #1:
https://hyperrealismpost.wordpress.com/hypermag/

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Pastel drawings by Dagmar Colen

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Dagmar Colen is a Dutch artist, who creates realistic pastel drawings representing both people and animals. Her own work includes portraits that speak about her personality, with a studied mix of composition and colors and a balance between light and shadow. In her works, everyone could see a constant research for subjects that inspires her the most and a strong and rare passion for Art.

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Dagmar told us about her technique in the #1 Hyperrealism Magazine:
Hyperrealism could be reach with different materials and supports, why do you prefer pastels to realize your artworks?

I prefer working with softpastel because I love the vibrant colors of it. Drawing in black and white with pastel gives a lot of debt. You can achieve amazing effects with pastel, sometimes the face or animal almost becomes 3D. I also love this material because you can create different effects because of the wide range of pastelpaper/undergrounds and using different pastelmaterial (brands of pastelchalc/pastelpencils), so for me it never gets boring. Also the change in technique during drawing is great, you can blend the medium easy, you can work with your fingers and work with the pastelpencils for more detail.

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You can read the entire interview in the Hyperrealism Magazine #1:
https://hyperrealismpost.wordpress.com/hypermag/

 

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