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GABRIEL DE LA CORTE – Vase / Vase

GABRIEL DE LA CORTE (Madrid, 1648- Madrid, 1694)
Vase/Vase
Two piece canvas oil painting.
Dimensions: 56 x 42 cm each.
The first one is signed: “Gabriel de la Corte ft”. On the lower right corner (with retouches): “Gabriel de la Corte ft.”

 

Both vases clearly respond to two typical examples of Gabriel de la Corte’s work: restless flowers, as usual, inside a vase of gilded bronze.

In the first of them, the red carnations predominate, and on top of them the mauve carnations, with soft shade of whites, some tulips, some dandled and warped nards and a pair of anemones, one white and the other also mauve. The vase is juxtaposed with a neutral background. The image captures attention through the juxtaposition of the light background and precisely distanced red blows of the different flowers, located diagonally along the composition. Those reds in turn alternate with white or light mauves that manage to give an amenity to the very pleasant ensemble.

The second one of them, is dominated by two large spots of colour, one red another blue, surrounded by petals of white colour, as is the case of the two anemones that centre the vase. Around, a red rose, another rose, a tulip and several more flowers hiding in the gloom of the background. The writhing stem seems to seek in the silence the dim light that illuminates the scene. It is as if the vase is seeking the glimmer of light proceeding from the left that illuminates the setting.

 

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