28 x 59
Robbert’s Beauty is set in luscious, iridescent shades of turquoise and violet, a background which brings forward a mood of meditative tranquility to frame the central figure. Perfectly sculpted, she extends herself in languorous repose as she gazes upward reflectively. Jill was inspired to create this painting by a photographic work of Robbert Van Santen, a Dutch photographic artist (1926-2003).
Robbert, as a young Jewish teenager, lived through the Holocaust in Holland, hiding out for two years in a space smaller than a closet. Emerging from the horror of that ordeal, he went on to become a master photographer. Well known for his portraits of nudes, he often casts his women in stunning contrasts of light and shadow, thereby creating an intense dramatic effect.
Jill and Robbert, who became friends several years ago, immediately became avid admirers of each other’s work. Robbert would often visit Jill’s gallery in her home, staring for hours at her paintings. Several weeks before Robbert passed away, Jill took several of his portraits of nudes with her on a trip to Hawaii. One beautiful, sunny, Hawaiian day, as Jill sat on the beach perusing his photographs, she was particularly moved by one of them and decided to do a painting of it as gift for Robbert. She called to let him know, only to find that Robbert lay in a coma near death. Robbert’s wife, however, wanted Robbert to hear this news; so she bent down and whispered it into his ear. He opened his eyes and smiled. Several months later, after Robbert had passed away, Jill completed her gift to Robbert and fittingly named it Robbert’s Beauty.
Original pastels and limited edition giclée prints of most images are available.
All originals are beautifully framed.