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Fannie Brito - untitled painting

Fannie Brito - untitled painting
oil on canvas - 10 x 7.75 inches

I love the power in Fannie Brito's large yellow canvases. I've lusted after those for years. So, imagine my delight and surprise when she gifted me this little one. I had thought it was the same that showed in my home during my last participation in the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour.

But Fannie tells me,

"That piece might seem similar to the one that you exhibited the previous year at the White rock Lake tour, but, your particular painting was done for you, before my trip to Venezuela, I was really grateful for your help with my page!...The other painting was auctioned at EASL."

What I love about this image is that it contains all the elements I like so much about her much larger paintings. The color — intense yellow, bleeding sometimes into amber; the scribbles of both writing — mysterious, so much so that I don't want to find out what it means — not that it's likely I could — Fannie says she makes sure no one could ever read it.

The vivid, thick, intense red smears, like hearts blood. The less certain white. The unknown, faint pencil drawing — a female bust? The rough brown "beard" rubbed into the texture of the canvas.


Story and photograph by J R Compton.
Copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.
No Reproduction in any medium without specific
written permission. E-mail J R.