In this large and imposing work on canvas - [46 by 39 inches] Alan Weston has returned to the classics - and here created a trompe 'l'oeil of a marble bas relief carving - a panther and cherub - which was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851. It was by Ernst-Frederic-Augustus Rietschel 1804-61 who came from Saxony. Rietschel sculpted a pair of bas reliefs.
One showed Cupid being abducted by the panther ( find a photo of the original in the listing) .
Weston's trompe l'oeil is of the second - in which Cupid has subdued the panther and is now riding it in triumph.
Such is Weston's skill that even his signature appears to have been incised into stone!
Oil on Canvas This is a magnificent ILLUSION!!. Imagine how INCREDIBLE this would look on your wall!!
This work is unstretched and will be shipped rolled - due to its size.
Any competant art framer or supplier of canvases will be able to stretch this for you for a modest sum.
Trompe l'oeil is a painterly deceit designed to create a spectacular visual illusion. A deceit that makes us believe that there is no painting - only a tactile 3-D absolutely normal reality. And in the hands of an adept it has viewers trying to take ornaments out of painted niches and stroke dogs composed of nothing more than oil paint. Trompe l’oeil was at its height in the 17th century and one excellent exponent was Samuel van Hoogstraten 1627-1678, a former pupil of Rembrandt. One of his works an eight foot eight inch high painting which currently hangs at the end of a corridor at England’s Dyrham Park makes us believe that the space is another 30 feet or so longer than it is. Trompe l'oeil requires the utmost attention to detail. It requires time to perfect the skill and is a labour which takes time. Weeks of time quite often. In contemporary times very few artists will even attempt this kind of work. However, the contemporary English artist Alan Weston has devoted himself to perfecting the art with incredible results. When I have sold his work at Fairs people have literally tried to put their hands inside painted frames, refusing to believe that that is what they are, just paint on a flat surface.
Admirers of Mr Weston may be interested in a work he has exquisitely illustrated - BIRD MESSAGES - which has been written by myself. It contains 50 specially commissioned cards - and even if the messages are not for you - no one could fail to admire the artwork.
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