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Sharon Passmore 07-17-2017 10:42 AM

Juliette Belmonte
I am loving this artist's work:

Michael Cantor 07-17-2017 12:52 PM

I'm afraid I can't agree. I do like the simpler ones. Rose with Cat, for example - second from the bottom, left side, first page - but there are few of these.. Most of it strikes me as overdone, like a poem where the writer is trying too hard to be poetical. What is it that appeals to you? I recognize that we have very different tastes in art, so if you can spell out why you are so attracted to the work it might help.

(For some reason the more flamboyant ones remind me of Erte, although I can't say why, because Erte is far more controlled. And I like Erte. Possibly the palette? The dramatic intensity? Dunno.)

Roger Slater 07-17-2017 03:37 PM

I think some of them are quite good, capturing a good deal of personality and character in the facial expressions, though I could wish for a bit more variety in the portfolio.

Sharon Passmore 07-19-2017 12:17 PM

Michael, some of the flamboyant ones remind me more of Klimpt. Probably because of the textures and patterns - which is what I love about these.
Look at this one - Gustav:
This is ver Klimpt-like to me but still manages to be original and not a knock off. I love the scraps of paper and chains collaged into his hair.

Another thing I like is the fun interplay between the flat plane and realistic depth. I like the interplay between realism and abstraction in general.

Pure abstraction is great but I am getting a bit bored of all the Pollack clones. Elephants and gorillas are actually making paintings like that nowadays. There has to be something else that sparks my logic synapses, something which I can follow into the painting. If abstraction has some logic it takes you on a journey. For example a Picasso screams to be "figured out".

Besides that I have never given up on figurative art because I *do* admire someone who can actually draw. I never accepted abstraction as an excuse for bad drawing. Sometimes things are stylized intentionally, for example a Modigliani, that's different. But I feel you can always tell.

So, back to Juliette Belmonte, this interplay between abstract pattern, texture and the realism is fun.
See this - Mr. Harrison:
We have a flat plane and we have realistic depth of space and we bounce back and forth - delightful. It's almost as though we are viewing the scene through a window with raindrops on it.

I also love her color harmony. Look at this one - Ms. Nesmith:
She has used muted earth tones but not "made mud" in the least. (flat dead appearance) This is not easy! Especially where the colors blend together. I don't see any "mud" anywhere even though mud is paint's natural tendency. They still sing and the colors look delicious even though subdued.

Here's another that has beautiful color harmony - Mr. Moustache:

Roger, yes, there are only a few that deviate from the same idea, scale, etc... There are a few landscapes, some oranges, a cat and there is one of a dog that's quite good...

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