Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Art Review - "Picking Cotton" by Jose Arpa - San Antonio Art League & Museum

One more painting to share from the San Antonio Art League & Museum for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday.

Spanish artist Jose Arpa first visited San Antonio at the turn of the 20th Century, and opened a studio and art school there in 1923.
 
This piece won first prize in the 1929 Edgar B. Davis Wildflower Competition. 
 
"Picking Cotton" • Jose Arpa • Oil on Canvas • 30" x 40" • 1929

I am particularly struck by the face of the young boy featured as the central figure. While the majority of the painting is rendered in a more impressionistic, broken color style, the boy's face is carefully rendered. 
 
"Picking Cotton" Detail • Jose Arpa • Oil on Canvas • 30" x 40" • 1929
 
Notice in this closeup how the thickness of the paint builds up in conjunction with the lighter areas. I also love that blue reflection of the sky in the dark hair. Notice also the translucency of the ear on the right, which further adds to the sense of bright sunlight.
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

 
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