Woman with Hat - Self Portrait

Adulthood is like summer…

 

Woman with Hat - Self Portrait, 2011
Oil on wood
62 x 50 cm

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Mastering the figure and especially the portrait has been and is without a doubt a challenge along my professional path.

How many times must I practice using myself as a model!

The lack of financial resources to pay a model and even the urgency of the order, forced this necessity upon me on many occasions. Making me set aside the shyness that this made me feel; protected by the anonymous nature that tends to come with the decision to invest in the quality of the “product” above other ambitions.

Infinite hours and fast moving years passed by leaving its proof on the face of that girl I once was.

Those past springs are today barely a fistful of wild flowers adorning a straw hat in a nonexistent country landscape.

Adulthood, like summer: All of the green dries it up!

 

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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