Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Margaret Bowland on Las Meninas

Beloved, Margaret Bowland
"I began painting Anna, the dwarf in my pictures, two years ago... In Velasquez' paintings, dwarves possess the greatest sense of consciousness of any of his characters. Even in Las Meninas, after we take in the brightly lit perfection of the blond doll at the center, our eye is drawn to Velasquez’s own face, connects with him, and then moves laterally to the dwarf. The two—Velasquez and the dwarf—bracket with their awareness the hollow beauty of the golden child. That connection between the artist and the dwarf rings true to me. I believe in that space—outside the golden circle inhabited by the princess."

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