Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature Part II

Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature

Like many of you, I too have been wondering just who is the lady is in the Saudade painting. Some of my readers have speculated that it was the lady he loved, who was married to his cousin, and ultimately the reason Junior’s jealous cousin murdered him in front of the Hotel Central in Piracicaba. It is said that many of the women in Junior’s paintings had similar characteristics of the lady he loved, named Maria Laura do Amaral Gurgel. I suppose it adds to the mystery surrounding this painting, but it’s actually more interesting to just imagine who it is, and what exactly is written in the letter she’s reading, which seems to have made her very emotional. Perhaps they’re tears of sadness or maybe they’re tears of joy brought about by remembering wonderful memories from the past. Whatever the case may be, I find myself occasionally pondering the possibilities while painting it.

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In last week’s post, the differences between the steps were much more obvious, starting with the sketch, and then laying in basic washes. This week the changes are much more subtle since it’s getting down to multiple layering of transparent washes to build up the rich warm colors, especially in the shadow areas, and painting in the details.

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I’m also starting to paint on her hair and arms, and am working on the face in stages while taking breaks to work on other less detailed areas, before painting on the face again. I’m also building up the texture in the bricks, floor tiles, and stucco. Her skirt has been darkened slowly by washes, and folds and details in her shirt painted in. This next week, numerous hours will be spent painting more details, with the face and the wee tears to be painted on her nose being the most challenging part I’m sure!

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Shown with face greatly enlarged

~  See our miniature paintings this week  ~

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Siegrist SnowGoose Gallery 2020
Our miniature paintings currently available through Snow Goose Gallery

15th Masterpieces in Miniature   May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time. 

 


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4 thoughts on “Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature Part II

  1. So delicate and tender! I’m loving the progress. What lovely little tendrils cling about her face! On May 31, 2020 1:41 PM, “Under the Magnifying Glass” wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: ” Like many of you, I too have been > wondering just who is the lady is in the Saudade painting. Some of my > readers have speculated that it was the lady he loved, who was married to > his cousin, and ultimately the reason Junior’s jealous cousin murdered him > i” >

    1. Ruth, by this stage I’ve started mixing a little white gauche in with some of the lighter flesh color for stippling areas of the face and arms and for some of the detailed highlights. Most of it is still transparent layers at this point.
      Rachelle 😊

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