The artist, for Maff by Elcet ()
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This is my sixth and, properly speaking, my last post of santons... Because I have another beautiful little statue to show you, it is a cute baby that I photographed two years ago in a Brittany shop. But I will post him in a while, because in my next post I will come back to comic drawings, which my current profession today. In the first post, "Little santons" (Christmas statues), I explained the historical origin of these Southern France traditional figures. This activity is more than two centuries old. Please notice that this painter is drawing a mountain, not an ordinary (I could say default, LOL) one, but the famous Sainte-Victoire (Holy Victory) mountain, near Aix-en-Provence, which was the preferred subject of Cezanne one century ago. And his painting is in Cezanne mood, of course! But he does not look like Cezanne. Of course this sculpture could make a nice avatar for me, but I will not use it, for many reasons. First, I do not consider me as a great artist, but simply as a serious and ordinary professional illustrator. My avatar is truly me, so why change it except for another portrait which would be myself also? Finally, I am a left-hand user, and this painter works with his right hand. Like the nativity, the joiner and the card players of my previous posts (link below), this clothed statue is of the big variety, which is exquisity detailed. Best viewed full size. All comments welcome. If you have not seen my card players scene, click here:
And the winner is..., for Ledwolorz
Techdata: Nikon D70 with Micro-Nikkor 2.8/60, 1/150s at f/9, available light, aperture priority automatic, tungsten light balance, 1250 ISO.
I dedicate this image to Maff, an exquisite professional painter, and I heartily encourage you to enjoy his gallery at Renderosity.
Image Comments (30)
Minda () 6:42PM | Sat, 21 February 2009
elcet this is excellent photo and beautiful figurines...great work!!
3DClassics123456 () 1:27AM | Sun, 22 February 2009
Tu es modeste mon gars! Tu es un excellent (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) illustrateur hyperréaliste, au niveau des meilleurs. Quant aux avatars, ce serait très amusant en psychologie de connaître les raisons d'un choix. Moi j'aime bien le tien! Le mien - d'avatar - à 4 ans d'âge et j'ai un peu vieilli depuis.....Mais je ne sais pas par quoi le changer!
helanker () 2:29AM | Sun, 22 February 2009
WOW He looks like a really brilliant painter ;-) Excellent photograph :)))
dphoadley () 5:47AM | Sun, 22 February 2009
I really like the detail of this one, from his tie and smock, to the easel and canvas, and his painting! Good work all around! DO give us some more! DPH
pixelmeister () 4:28PM | Sun, 22 February 2009
The history of the santos is very interesting. It gives also size to figures (1-meter). Do you have also photos from it? Very beautiful image!
jocko500 () Online Now! 5:25PM | Sun, 22 February 2009
this is something I would buy if I could. I like stuff like this but then the dust lol. very well photo of it
kitzie21 () 1:54AM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Je sais que j'ai déjà parlé de l'incroyable niveau de détails de ces statues mais cette fois-çi je suis vraiment bluffée par le tableau miniature. Très belle photo.
M2A () 5:03AM | Mon, 23 February 2009
On aimerait y être, assis à peindre et ne penser à rien. Trés bon angle de vue et détail avec le mini chevalet.
Svin () 5:56PM | Fri, 13 March 2009
WOW! Wonderful, just wonderful piece of art! And great shot! My friend, thank you for these santon shots. Remarkable kind of art! P.S. Full-size view is really STUNNING. P.P.S. I don't know why, but in my mind he is associated with you. Although he is right-hand painter.))
kasalin () 9:32PM | Fri, 27 March 2009
Très joli santon Elcet !!! Belle représentation... :) Chapeau !!! 5*
novelist () 7:18AM | Wed, 01 April 2009
Beautiful craftmanship and your photo shows this very well. Thanks for sharing these. I love the artist in particular.
KarmaSong () 3:27AM | Sun, 23 August 2009
Tiens! j'étais persuadé d'avoir commenté cette photo déjà, et ne l'ai pas fait à l'époque de sa mise en ligne, grr...Une belle photo, et un hommage à ces artistes qui travaillent dans le très petit, en restituant tous les détails et les expressions de leur sujet à l'échelle 'normale'.Un grand merci, Edouard, pour ta visite d'hier dans ma galerie, je me demandais pourquoi tu ne postais plus de photos depuis des semaines...Je t'espère en forme, et plein de projets et d'idées. Bon dimanche et au plaisir, Jean-Luc