Tracking down art on the internet can sometimes be frustrating. On the one hand, it gives me exposure to art and artists I might never have seen. On the other hand, the information is often incomplete or erroneous. Grrrr. And so I have this image with a blog about Colombian artists – but no idea when it was created or where it resides.
I painted this unhappy couple several times. It’s an episode unlikely as many of the Old Testament, because I can not believe that a Jewish woman could so easily enter the powerful Assyrian general store to behead him. Something suggests including other great love was then beheaded.
I also have a very passionate description of the art of Augusto Rendón (2) .
For six decades the artist obstinately trodden paths of eroticism and violence. In the first case, a secret tribute to the Luncheon on the Grass by Manet, flashing female figures in his paintings (Cleopatra, Ishtar, Hera, Demeter, Aphrodite) dining with opaque naked men dressed in linen-covered tables by rolling, which causes tension anarchic perspective on food. And these great ladies visited ancient ceremonies for foreign cuisine, making up one of his most important pictorial series …
The artist obsessed by some evil themes of the Bible – “the book of nonsense,” as he likes to call it, he emphasizes that one of the few legacies of Christianity was the wonderful art it produced. There … is also notorious burlesque intention, offensive, when painted quietly while dining Judith Holofernes’s head rests on a tray, Eve picnic with Adam black, Jacob wrestling with an angel of pathetic claws, to the divine messengers dressed in garters and half-naked holy with golden halo, as blasphemous tribute to his beloved Giotto. In other words, the Bible fruitful irony much of his artistic creations.
Therefore, I still do not know where this painting may be found. But I have now learned that Rendon liked to paint scenes of: a) men and woman dining at a table b) with foreign cuisine c) in an erotic situation. Alas, this second depiction of Judith has no couple, no table, no food – but Judith does look somewhat happier and more relaxed in this scene. Only … she seems to be missing a cigarette.
(1) Gonzalo Márquez Cristo, The invisible artist: Interview with Augusto Rendon, Friday September 9, 2011, Augusto Rendon blogspot.
(2) Gonzalo Márquez Cristo, Augusto Rendon: Between love and fear, Augusto Rendon blogspot.