Original artwork by Joan Marti Aragones – Portrait of Placido Domingo as Othello, dated 1989
Pastel on thick grained canvas paper signed and dated on lower right.
Dimensions: 77 x 56 cm – 30.25 x 22 in. – With frame: 103 x 82 cm – 40.5 x 32.5 in.
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Joan Marti ARAGONES (1936 – 2009)
In 1986 he moved to Rome and he made sketches of Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricarelli and other actors in the Cinecittá film studios of Rome, during the shooting of the film Othello and with the permission of its director, Franco Zeffirelli. From these sketches, 25 works emerged, leading to a traveling exhibition which went worldwide in 1992. From then on he held exhibitions in the major Spanish galleries and internationally throughout the world. His work has been shown in Paris, Luxembourg, Caracas, Washington, New York, Brussels, Miami, Quebec and all over California.
He is a master of all mediums: oils, pastels(*), charcoal, pen and ink; but he did put back on the map pastels (*) which he helped to revive in Spain.
His skills at rendering the human figure are second to none. In addition to the human figure as subject matter, he loves genre paintings of his native Catalonia, landscapes and seascapes, character studies and still-lifes.
He is mainly a studio painter and his paintings, pastels and drawings are in many private collections throughout the world.
April 2, 2020
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