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The red chair


artist | Maria Carbonell

2015

Painting

150 × 150 cm / 59.1 × 59.1 in

Oil on board.

This work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the BP Portrait Awards 2015.

The sitters are the artist's parents and it's the first time they both appear in ... Read more
Oil on board.

This work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the BP Portrait Awards 2015.

The sitters are the artist's parents and it's the first time they both appear in the same painting. They have been married for almost 50 years and in this work Maria intends to convey the routine and boredom in their lives as well as the affinity, estrangement and complicity between them. More specifically, she wants the viewer to be able to see the passage of time in their faces, their hands and their feet; their life journey and the calmness that comes with age.

In a way, this work is a tribute to the artist's parents and a "thank you" for all the sacrifices they've made as parents. It is also a tribute to all those middle-class parents of that generation that worked hard so that their children could study and have a future. Read less
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