Friday, September 06, 2013

Who Painted This? #43

Who painted this? #43
Sorry this is late. I know how keenly some of you wait for this weekly challenge!

I'd never seen this painting before and you might have some difficulty tracking it down. However after last week's I'm sure some of you will rise to the challenge!

It all depends on whether or not you recognise the style, think about the dates - and have been building up a series of links to possible sources.....

How to participate in "Who painted this? #41"


PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.
Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #42 - The Answer

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Title of the ar
twork: Torre de los Picos / Los Picos Tower The Tower of the Seven Peaks Torre de los siete picos. La Alhambra, Granada.
Name of the artist who created this artwork: JoaquĆ­n Sorolla
Date it was created: 1910
Media used: Oil on canvas 81.5 cm x 106
Where it lives now: Museo Sorolla, Madrid

This painting focuses on a view of the outer fortifications of the Alhrambra.  The the Tower of the Seven Peaks is painted from Mihrab, The Captive Tower.  (The link is to a photo of the same scene today)

I used a number of courses to build up a picture of this painting. However, the sources I found for some of the details of the paintings are in unwieldy sites with images which are far too big - hence no links from here!

The image on Wikipedia has been overhyped with colour.  Hence I've toned it down and muted it.  There are some online images of it in a frame hanging in an exhibition - and it looks much nicer in those!

There was an exhibition of paintings of the Alhambra and Granada by Sorolla in 2011-12 and I'd have loved to have seen it!


Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #42? Congratulations to John O'Grady who was first with the name of the artist and ALL the other available details. (Nicolas Borderies actually supplied the name of the artist first - but failed to supply any other details)

It was great to see a bunch of new names getting the right answers this week. Others who got all the correct answers were:
  • Debra Keirce - who commented on how Sorolla painted white with lots of colours
  • Barbara Jackson - who has stuided how Sorolla used light and has done lesson plans based on his work.
  • Alyson Champ - whose husband helped (Let's hear it for the hubbies!)
  • Angelique - who commented that she loved Sorolla's paintings as they are a bridge between impressionism and realism with beautiful light.
However it completely stumped two of the regulars who provide answers for these challenges - so if you didn't get you were in very good company!

If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted.  You have been warned!