Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Escaping Criticism

Pere Borrell del Caso, (1835-1910)
Escapando de la crítica/ Escaping Criticism, 1874
Oil on canvas 76 x 62
Banco de España, Madrid

A celebrated example of a trompe l’oeil

A boy appears to be frantically leaping out of the captivity of his picture frame.

In advance of art criticism, this boy (the painting itself) appears to escape his (its) frame.

Pere Borrell del Caso was a painter of portraits and religious scenes. To an extent he was influenced by the Nazarenes. He founded a small academy in Barcelona.