St. Marie Bernarde (Bernadette) Soubirous, 1844-79, painted from a photo purchased at Lourdes in 1985. Style: French Impressionism.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, 1850-1917, painted from a rare photo taken in Chicago at turn of century. Style: Cubism.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), 1891-1942, painted from a photo when she was assistant to the great phenomenologist Edmund Husserl, Germany. Style: Surrealism. She looks aside in deference to the others, for she, unlike the others, was a philosopher searching for truth but found it in the most unthinkable of places, a Nazi concentration camp. And she, unlike the others, was a martyr.
St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), 1910-97, painted from photo found on the Internet. Style: Photorealism.
Does the face take on the aspect of the person's experiences?
St. Teresa: dealing with and comforting the dying, sharing in their death experiences, shows in her face.
St. Cabrini: dealing with homeless children, orphans, hope shows in her face, shows almost a smile.
St. Edith: the face of philosophy, reason, thought, looking to the side, experiencing all the aspects of a phenomenon.
St. Bernadette: the face that saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, a small silent voice of hope.
"48 Portraits" is a series of paintings by German artist Gerhard Richter. Critical analysis found at richardbarone.blogspot.com.
Video of artwork being painted: YouTube Channel: Richard Barone.
September 29th, 2014
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