Homage to Masaccio and Watteau for Adam and Eve

Published on 29 April 2023 at 01:07

Medium: Watercolor

Date: 1986


This watercolor piece is a beautiful and thought-provoking homage to two renowned artists, Masaccio, and Watteau drawn in a period of months prior to and after my first visit to Puerto Rico. My desire for this painting was to capture the essence of both artists while adding my own unique touch.

I wanted to create a composition that is well-balanced, depicting a powerful and evocative scene with Adam and Eve serving as the focal point illuminated by the sun's rays. It underlines their nature as subjects that were not equipped to handle their banishment.

The large figure of a son riding the mythical God, represented by the sun emanating from its heart, adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to the piece.

I wanted to convey two interpretations: as a representation of humanity’s relationship with the divine and as a metaphor for personal growth and enlightenment.

I used the sun as a symbol for God’s heart to suggest a deep connection between the divine and the natural world.

I appropriated watercolor to add softness to the painting, while I hoped that the intricate details would show my dedication to the artwork. My intention for using images from various religions was for depth and complexity.

I am incredibly pleased with this painting. It is my own tribute to both Masaccio and Watteau.

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