Sunday, March 6, 2011

Photo Friday (on Sunday): Portrait of Anita Ramirez in Black

I wasn't around to do my Photo Friday post because I spent the day at the Brooklyn Museum with my sweetheart. It worked out perfectly, because I was sort of at a loss on what to post but I was inspired by a beautiful painting I saw on my way out of the Ancient Egyptian exhibit.

Portrait of Anita Ramirez in Black by Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta, 1916

The painting info reads: Captivated by the vivid nightlife of Parisian cabarets, Zuloaga painted its colorful performers, including the dancer Anita Ramírez. In keeping with the dramatic flair of her profession, Ramírez matches her almost theatrical costuming in a Spanish mantilla (a veil traditionally associated with modesty and decorum) with her confrontational gaze and cheeky pose. The painter explores the play of light over the shiny black satin of the dancer’s form-fitting dress as well as the gauzy texture of the long, translucent lace veil. The commanding Ramírez poses against a view of Segovia’s famous sixteenth-century cathedral and ancient city walls.

I love her expression, the dark colors, and the textures. It'd been a long time since I'd had a proper museum outing, and I'm glad I did. I usually find them so inspiring.

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