Anything painted directly, on the spot, always has a strength, a power, a lively touch that is lost in the studio. Your first impression is the right one. Stick to it and refuse to budge.
- Eugene Boudin
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
- Henri Rousseau
 

 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Isabel Guerra

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:02 am

Isabel Guerra
Sister Isabel Guerra is a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. She is a self-taught painter whose work in oil is often strikingly realistic, at times leaning to classical styles, at other times with more modern elements.

Though she also paints landscapes and still lifes, her primary subjects are portraits of women and girls, usually in naturalistic environments or interiors that incorporate still life subjects, and often bathed in shafts of light.

Though she rejected formal instruction, you can see the influence of painters she has studied, Velásquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer and even Bouguereau. She apparently spent a good deal of time studying paintings at the Prado in Madrid.

She is now an honorary member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Luis and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes y Ciencias Históricas de Toledo.

There is very little biographical information available, The isabelguerra.com website is not official but does have a selection of her works, even if they are not always of good quality. There is a brief interview on El Mundo magazine (ES, Google Translate English here).

[Suggestion courtesy of Aelle Ayres]

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  1. Comment by Luca
    Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    This is astonishing. Not only colors and light are superb, also the subjects’ pose and look reveal a deep sense of beauty. A really great artist, can’t think about her being self-taught!!

  2. Comment by rObfOs
    Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Wow. The way she has captured the light and the reality of her figures are just mind blowing. You get a real sense of calm from looking at theses works.

  3. Comment by Anonymous
    Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    She made money with her paintings alright…..
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1364629/Millions-closet-Spanish-nuns-tax-dodge-probe-THEY-report-robbery-1-3m-cash-cupboard-convent.html

  4. Comment by dalia
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    This is a brilliant work.
    Beside the tecnique I just love the way she presented these women… so calm and elegant in watever they do.
    Absolutely beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Comment by Elly van Ulft
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    More than Beautiful!! “A wonder” Very impressed!!!!!!!

  6. Comment by wim zwaneveld
    Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    als vrijwillige medewerker van het Katwijks museum heb ik zelden van deze buitengewone heldere en zuivere met licht en schaduw bewerkte schilderijen gezien.Bijna nog mooier als Evert Pieters 1856 – 1932
    Fantastico ! ! !

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