Art Concepts London

" Maria Amalia, Duchess of Parma " by Fabian Edelstam


Maria Amalia, Duchess of Parma, 2020 | Art Concept London

140 x 110 cm

Mixed technique on canvas

“Edelstam is splitting the image and reconstructing it. He is a pre-modernist and a postmodernist. His sense of the image goes back far into the past, as does his pedigree. He is as fascinated by the golden Byzantine icons as by the posterlike icons of our time, but seeks a deeper reality by breaking them into pieces and putting them together again. But, as if it were a childhood memory or a historic event, some little square will remain missing. It is from these ponctures his art creates a sense of authenticity, his portraits become real, his faces become human”

“In my portraits, I try to recreate a bridge between past and present cultures, set in the modern framework according to the principles of ancient mosaics (…) Some pieces are missing, others are in disorder, just like the fragments of a childhood memory that is being reconstructed, or should I say, exorcised?”

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