Still life, 1921

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Porter Paula

Still life, 1921

oil, cardboard, 59 x 78.5 cm

For still life painters, flowers have been an all-time favorite subject matter. Usually, the meaning of flowers in still life paintings depend upon the type of flower, the state of the flower, if it is in bloom or wilting.

Although a bouquet of flowers in full bloom captures a moment in time, signifying positive concepts, such as life, faith, growth, and power, flowers can also symbolize impermanence, as a reminder of the shortness of one's existence as well as the fleeting nature of life's earthly pleasures and beauties.

This composition, inspired by the impressionist art movement, depicts a charming flower bouquet with a multitude of colors but also with a touch of softness to the edges. The artist strived to capture the fleeting quality of light, of color, and a specific atmosphere, highlighting that the viewer's perception of reality is mediated by personal emotion and memory, so each and every one of us perceives the world differently.

The painting presents a still life with various flowers in the field, placed on the white drapery, and a closed neutral background. The color palette is dominated by dark tones, accentuated in places with bright colors, using the uneven texture of the brushwork, in the impasto technique.

Porter Paula

Still life, 1921

oil, cardboard, 59 x 78.5 cm

  • signed and dated at the bottom right in paste:

    Porter Paula / 1921 / Porter Paula / 1921

  • on the back:

    - export label 0285/2017

    - inscription on the back with pencil:

    Kovacs Janosne


  • Condition of the work:

    good, but has a yellowish varnish

  • Documents:

    not found

Kuti Kupferstein Imre

Porter Paula

Arad 1884 - Auschwitz 1944

Paula's life is at times similar to the Impressionist art movement: an open composition yet following reality.

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