This work of art was loosely based on Madremonte, a character from the Colombian mythology and popular folklore. She is the legendary mother of the mountain and is protector and enforcer of the laws of nature.

9f - painting in situ

Legend has it, that Madremonte is stunningly beautiful and sometimes she is depicted with plants. More often than not, she is a sort of a female version of hulk in extra green. There is no monopoly on her appearance, and it is not easy to pin down someone who is both a spirit and a deity. Except, it looks like there is some consensus amongst Latin American illustrators, that she is Princess Fiona from Shrek.

But this painting works more in blue, the rarest of colours in nature except for the sky — or water reflecting the sky. Here we have native and giant Morpho butterflies as an important part of the composition.  Those were fun but also slightly laborious, in that the vibrant Cerulian blue is best achieved through several semitransparent layers. The painting is part of the series Misc where you can find more canvases.

This work on the myth of Madremonte has been visited before. A gallery owner requested a new version of this painting for his gallery, only larger.

Acquired in 2021 by a private collector in Højbjerg, Denmark via Singulart.com

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #9F, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 200x150cm.


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