Acerca de las Mujeres Feas de Willem de Kooning

Nosotros somos muy sensibles al arte de Willem de Koonings, aun que no nos gustan las mujeres que él ha pintado durante cierto tiempo.

No obstante su admirable talento para el dibujo y su educación académica en artes todavía en Holanda, casi 30 años después de su llegada a los Estados Unidos De Kooning exhibió en Nueva York una serie de mujeres dramáticamente feas, con la cara desfigurada y mostrando los dientes, combinando abstracción con figuración, que han causado grande choque en la escena americana del arte en ese tiempo.      

De Kooning ha sido severamente tratado por los críticos de arte que lo acusaban de una extraña obsesión respecto a la imagen de las mujeres, a los cuales respondió que estaba solamente reflejando una imagen contemporánea de la belleza.   

Lo sorprendente es que la discusión acerca de la serie de las Mujeres ha hecho De Kooning famoso, próspero y influente a partir dese momento.  

La cuestión es: no renuncies nunca a tus sentimientos e ideas artísticas no obstante lo que las personas piensan acerca de tu visión del arte y belleza.   

¿Además, las Mujeres de De Kooning no son de ninguna manera más feas que Les Demoiselles d´Avignon, no es verdad?

       

About Willem de Kooning's Ugly Women

We are very keen on Willem de Kooning´s work, even if we are not fond of the women he painted for some time in his career.

In spite of his extraordinary talent for drawing and his academic education in arts while still in Holland, almost 30 years after his arrival in the States De Kooning exhibited in New York a series of dramatically ugly women, with distorted face and showing the teeth, combining abstraction with figuration, which caused a great shock in the American art scene at the time.

De Kooning was severely treated by art critics who accused him of a strange personal obsession with regard to the female image, to whom he responded he was only reflecting on a contemporary meaning of beauty.

Amazing enough, the discussion about the Women series made De Kooning worldwide famous and very successful and influential from that moment on.

The point is: you should never give up your artistic feeling and ideas, regardless of what people may think of your vision of art and beauty.

De Kooning´s Women after all were in no way uglier than Picasso´s Les Demoiselles d´Avignon, were they?  

Norman Rockwell

Qué grande artista Norman Rockwell ha sido, y no obstante… 

Norman Rockwell ha sido un grande artista, y no obstante eso ha sido maltratado por los críticos prejuiciosos y snobs de su tiempo – no por el pueblo americano que lo amaba.

En la escena de arte americana la pintura abstracta era de cierta manera la «regla» en la altura, pero el corazón de Norman Rockwell no estaba inclinado a hacer eso tipo de arte.

Los trabajos de Rockwell no son solo arte superior. Son también documentos históricos da vida normal de los americanos en aquellos días.

Es por eso que los americanos tendrán de honrar la memoria de Norman Rockwell por su valioso legado, y de perdonar a aquellos que nunca han comprendido su talento excepcional.

The art trade is a tricky world, mind you!

You may want to become an exclusively, professional painter now or at any future occasion of your personal life.

 But you may also wish to raise a family, and consider painting is a special way of life that might create you economical problems, if you have not the chance of making enough money with your work.

 Think it over, and try to make the right decision, having in mind that the art market is rather unpredictable, and the art trade world is very tricky indeed.

 

 

What a great artist Norman Rockwell was, and yet ...

Norman Rockwell was a great artist, and yet was ill-treated by the prejudiced and snobbish art critics of his time – not by the American people who loved him!

In the American art scene, Abstract painting was somehow a “rule” by then, but Rockwell´ s heart was not inclined to that kind of art.

Norman Rockwell´s pictures are not only great art. They also are historical documents of the normal American life in those days.

This is why the Americans ought to honor Rockwell´s memory for his priceless legacy, and forgive those who have never understood his unique talent.