acrylics on linen
59.1 x 43.3 x 2 inches
© Arne Reynaert , courtesy Gallery Atmosfera Belgium
The reflection in the upper left corner is not a flaw in the reproduction of the painting, it is actually a painted reflection. The originally transparent way of painting in the Portuguese tiles is painted by the artist in thick opaque acrylics.
The girl we see is his oldest adopted daughter from Haiti. She figures in several paintings by the artist.
The title "Frota" refers to the fleet of colonials invading Hispania (Haiti and Dominican Republic) about 500 years ago, transporting slaves from West Africa (the forefathers of the adopted girl). It is, as often in the work of Arne Reynaert, a very personal matter that becomes universal in his approach.
The plastic (imported) magenta shoes contrast with the original old tiles in the university of Lissabon (Portugal).
Selected as part of the Around the World Collection Curation Category