Cassandra is one of the great female characters in Greek mythological history. She is the daughter of Priamos and Hecuba of Troy. She was a prophetess with the fate never to be believed, because of a curse of Apollo.
Equipment Acryl on canvas, size: 160x120
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Fabienne Bonnet A very strong work Jos, I agree with Bernd, my favorite of this serie !
6 November 2018 at 06:44pm
David Durst Une construction admirable pour ce portrait au regard d'un bleu intense, foudroyant... Magnifique à nouveau Jos.
6 November 2018 at 08:06pm
Emmanuel Knibbe So unique and fantastique ,very incredible portrait Jos, bravo!
6 November 2018 at 08:24pm
Thomas Fischer Very impressive work Jos. Congratulation for the capturing look of blue eyes!
6 November 2018 at 08:46pm
Roland Hoffmann interesting creation. Whom did you be inspired by? It seems so near to a living person.
6 November 2018 at 10:46pm
Wilma Eras Weer die mooie blauwe ogen waarin nog geloof sluimert dat ze geloofd zal worden. Heel fraai uitgevoerd met al die kleine stukjes kleur.
7 November 2018 at 12:03am
Regina Susanne Borchert unglaubliche ausstrahlung...****diese arbeit -lieber jos- gefällt mir außerordentlich!
7 November 2018 at 09:45am
Henri Manguy One feels in this look a true honesty and greatness of soul.
7 November 2018 at 11:35am
Jos Letschert Dear colleague-artists of AL, thank you so much for all your time to look at my Cassandra-interpretation, for your comments and for your compliments. I am very pleased to notice that there is so much response on this character. Indeed, she means a lot to me and she is a key person in my Greek Mythological collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Some of you, Bernd, Wilma, Thomas, mentioned the eyes, they are very important is this work, she was a prophetess, at least. The colors are the result of a special process. the painting itself is build up with probably thirty layers of paint. The surface has become a special kind of texture by that. I have scratched parts of the layers, took away parts of the skin. So, there is a certain depth in it. In fact it is the same procedure I practice in my collages and abstracts too, on a smaller scale. Roland, you asked if there is a special person behind the portrait. No, she is the product of fantasy. Some of you mentioned the expression, Henry, Regina Susanne, David, e.g. you can imagine I am glad about that. By all of you I feel a hearthwarming enthusiasm, that is why we are doing all this, don't you think. Your comments are inspiring, encouraging and motivating. Thanks again!
7 November 2018 at 02:37pm
Claude de Maisonneuve Beautiful, intense, romantic and a poetic expression.
7 November 2018 at 04:09pm
M W Exceptional and exatraordinary style. Your care and effort about details seems to caress this art, well done as always dear Jos :) If may I ask, how long do you paint such a creation e.g. this one?
7 November 2018 at 04:26pm
Jos Letschert Claude, thanks for your comment, there is something poetic in it indeed.
7 November 2018 at 05:43pm
Jos Letschert Maria, thank you very much for your observations and comment. These large portrait (160 x 120 cm) is the result of many overpaintings. In fact there are under this painting about thirty (parts of) layers with other portraits. When I am starting such a portrait I know for sure that I will not be satisfied with the first edition. I only do not want to have that for true. Then I paint another layer, and an other layer, and... so on. Not continuous, mostly in a period of months. I peel new layers partly, so that you can see elements of underlayers. The reason is that I want to make all these undergrounds visible. I want to create a solid texture and I want to get back former colors and forms back. What you can hardly see on the photo, but what you could see in the original is the structured pattern of colors and forms like you can see e.g. in layers of excavated landscapes. In this special case the portrait has a connection with my 'frag-mental-maps of an odyssee' for instance. It is a portrait, it is a map too, and it is also a kind of a collage that suggests the impermanence of being, which is especially important in this mythological series. So, to answer your question more concrete: this one took me more then a year, nevertheless not continuously. I have been working on my sculptures and abstracts too in the meantime.
7 November 2018 at 05:59pm
Gérard Verbecelte Un portrait étonnant qui fait travailler les sens et l'imagination. A mes yeux, la couleur qui prédomine est le bleu parce qu'il donne de la force à cette réalisation tout en capturant le regard du spectateur. Superbe !
7 November 2018 at 07:09pm
Alexej Schulz What an intriguing eye contact with that curious and loving glance. The living colours and mosaic like patterns are simply gorgeous in this incredibly well crafted artwork, Jos!
7 November 2018 at 08:42pm
M W Oh my... I would never suppose that so long. Inspite of the fact, like I wrote above, that your engagement, effort and care about details are so visible and being felt in every inch of the work, I should add more: chapeau bas!
7 November 2018 at 09:00pm
Joseph Aieta Quel beau regard plein d'innocence, vraiment un travail magnifique Jos.
7 November 2018 at 11:27pm
Henk Aalberts raadselachtig hoe je steeds weer in staat bent zo'n sterke kracht in je portretten te leggen, een kracht die zich manifesteert door de bijzondere emoties die de afgebeeldenen uitstralen (wat in deze naar abstractie neigende werken een bijzonder moeilijke opgave is, lijkt me), alsook een kracht die voelbaar wordt doordat bij de kijker een meer dan gemiddelde nieuwsgierigheid wordt opgeroepen (kleurgebruik, vormen, contrasten, e.a. werken hieraan mee...)
7 November 2018 at 11:32pm
Roberto De Mitri definitely, she has her gift of prophecy in her blue eyes ...
8 November 2018 at 12:18am
Jos Letschert Hélène, merci beaucoup; Thierry: piercing, yes indeed, thanks; Gérard: imagination, oui, c'est l'instrument principielle, merci pour votre observation; Alexej: thanks for the close way of looking at details and your compliments; Maria, thanks a gain; Henk: dank je hartelijk voor je uitgebreide feedback, zeer gewaardeerd. Het is altijd weer mooi te merken hoe jij tegen deze werken aankijkt; Roberto, thanks. Yes, the eyes are an important instrument, the forseeing itself is in the head of course.
8 November 2018 at 10:04am
Jos Letschert Josph, oui, elle était innocente et aussi une victime de structures patriarchales. Merci beaucoup pour le compliment.
8 November 2018 at 10:54am
Jos Letschert Marc, thanks a lot for your appreciation. Yes, she was very much oriented to the world, in fact most of the time to a world before her.
8 November 2018 at 05:35pm
Joelle Chmiel That blue is the most beautiful blue I have ever seen. Cassandra and I seem to stare at each other and I am asking myself while I look at her: What exactly is it that makes her so beautiful? Is it the combination of sadness, youth and wisdom? Is it the everlasting shine of her eyes? Is it the look in her eyes, so powerful and yet with a softness at the same time. The look of her having a vision mayebe... The look that makes one want to know what she thinks... is there maybe a little bit of hope in the look? Jos, congratulations for this phenomenal image..! For me, the cherry on the icing of the favorites:)
8 November 2018 at 10:23pm
Paulo Abrantes Jos, can I say that imho this is the more direct work from the series? nor only because of the amazing eye contac but also because of the chosen shapes inside and surrounding the portrait. amazing inspirational work.
9 November 2018 at 07:56pm
Jos Letschert Joelle, thanks a lot for such an inspiring and enchanting comment. Cassandra stands for youth, dignity, fate and future. As a daughter of king Priamos and queen Hekabe of Troy she played a dramtic role in the last days of that city and imperium. As a priest and prophetess of Appollo she has seen her fate, not easy to bare. Besides the ancient literature there is a wonderful novel written by the German author Christa Wolf about this person. The novel has been translated in different languages. It is the narrative of a strong female character in a mainly patriarchaic environment. It was this book that inspired me at most.
9 November 2018 at 08:11pm
Jos Letschert Thanks a lot Paulo. It belongs to a series of large portraits, different from the drtawings and collages indeed. The large portraits are merely rather direct.
9 November 2018 at 08:12pm
Toni Traglia Very interesting this abstract way to realize a figurative work; it is admirable how you can integrate the eyes in this incorporeal body. The great coherence of pictorial treatment allows to obtain a convincing approach. The portrait seems to be only an alibi to express the spiritual dimension of Cassandra, so wonderfully interpreted in this abstract-expressive way.
10 November 2018 at 01:21pm
Dana Winkelman Jos. I am late to the party but think it is very moving. Her eyes are those of a prophet and her scars tell the rest of the story. A beautiful rendition and homage to a tragic story, never make a deal with a god that you can't keep.
10 November 2018 at 03:52pm
Iryna Gragera This is absolutely beautiful -wonderfu l-splendid , dear Jos. And the size! Impressionante!
10 November 2018 at 11:34pm
Jos Letschert Toni, thank you very much for your response. I like your idea about the 'alibi', you are right maybe. The intention was to show as much as possible of the 'inner life' of this tragic woman in Greek mythological history. I also like your comment - of course - about the coherence of pictorial treatment. Very interesting the way you are seeing this portrait.
11 November 2018 at 12:41pm
Jos Letschert Dana, thanks a lot for your comment. Yes, the portrait is full of scars. So it is painted too. I have scratched parts of former layers to show the different backgrounds. Not only painterly layers, also the psychological diversity. Oh yes, you are right: never make deals with the gods, even not if you could keep them. They don't!
11 November 2018 at 12:43pm
Jos Letschert Iryna, thanks a lot for your comment and compliment. Yes indeed, it is rather large. That is an important factor that I cannot show here on AL.
11 November 2018 at 12:44pm
Jørgen Feldstedt The eyes draw me into the painting , and somehow I see a landscape full of wonderful colors! Excellent painting Jos. Congratulations with this great work!
11 November 2018 at 07:00pm
Jos Letschert Katerina and Jørgen, thank you very much for your comments and compliments. I am very pleased that you like this interpretation of Cassandra.
12 November 2018 at 11:39am
Lucas Dumrauf Fantastic work! That look gives me a sense of fragility and also of honesty and humility. Beautiful!
13 November 2018 at 01:04am
Jos Letschert Bransislav and Lucas, thank you very much for your comments. Yes, she is rather fragile. I am pleased that this refrangibility is clear enough to be recognized. cassandra is a very interesting and dramtic female character, a key person in Greek mythology and an inspiring personality.
13 November 2018 at 11:04am
Jos Letschert Yalçin, thank you very much for your comment and compliment. i am very pleased about it!
18 November 2018 at 05:33pm
Jos Letschert Agata, thank you very much for your compliment. Highly appreciated!
28 November 2018 at 04:48pm
Gilbert Claes Dag Jos... Ik ben blij in jouw plaats voor al die uitzonderlijke fijne en terechte commentaren die jij krijgt op jouw werk. Het is dan ook meesterlijk en met veel kennis van zaken en vooral met een uitzonderlijk gevoel van een kunstenaar die weet waar hij mee bezig is... gemaakt. Hier mag je terecht fier over zijn... Bedankt voor het delen van jouw talenten...
3 December 2018 at 01:24pm
Jos Letschert Gilbert, heel hartelijk dank voor je complimenten. Ik word er bijna verlegen van.
3 December 2018 at 06:30pm
Jos Letschert Detlef, thank you very much. It is really a time consuming technique, nevertheless with the possibilities to show something of the layeredness of the character and with references to the fragmentation of the historical context.
4 December 2018 at 11:26am
Jos Letschert Patrick, danke schön. Ich freue mich sehr über deine Reaktion.
11 December 2018 at 12:28pm
Jos Letschert Vincenzo, thank you very much for your kind words. Highly appreciated!
17 December 2018 at 12:12pm
Jos Letschert Maria and John, thank you very much for your compliments. Highly appreciated!
31 December 2018 at 02:00pm
Jos Letschert Véronique, thanks for your compliment. You should see them in real. They are rather large: 160 x 120. The format plays an important role.
20 February 2019 at 05:49pm
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