What relationship could there possibly be between them you say?
“Love in the Time of Cholera“. . . is the answer!
Now the first link may not seem so strange if you know that the artwork of “Noble” was initially derived from the Macondian world of Garcia Marquez and that “Gabo” actually knows of “Noble´s” artwork and has even written about it. Not so strange given that both are Colombians from the Colombian coast. But I am not so sure that many except perhaps the most perceptive would immediately associate “Noble” with Rousseau – but as you may see, the people at Awards Daily are a very investigative and perceptive bunch of souls.
Miguel de la Espriella and Henri Rousseau
Both Noble and Rousseau are self-taught artists and both started out professionally at a late age: Noble was in his mid to late thirties and Rousseau had probably already hit his forties.
Both artist´s work can be classified as naive, and both make great use of strong colors while at the same time also master darker tones with entwined claroscuros incorporated in their works.
The Snake Charmer
Tiger In A Tropical Storm (Surpised!)
Both are also well known by their nicknames. “Le Douanier” was given to Rousseau from the time when he worked as a toll booth operator in Paris. “Noble” was given to De la Espriella by his artist friends to reflect his kind and noble nature.
Although I do not believe Noble´s work to have been received with the same controversy as that of Rousseau´s, it does stimulate “position-taking” on the part of most people. I would say that it either generates either love or hate rather than indifference. Fortunately for the artist it would seem that most people love his work, which has allowed him to prosper professionally during the last quarter century.
In a conversation with the artist in 2001, I remember him saying to me: “I don´t mind if people talk negatively of the artwork I create – so long as they do talk about it!”
Miguel de la Espriella – “Noble”
Noble´s work is based on his own imaginary world while leaning on the literary work “100 Years of Solitude” written by Garcia Marquez. It has a strong claroscuro presentation and includes many invented flowers, birds (orioles), butterflies and dragonflies.
Over the last five years however, Noble´s paintings have evolved from the naive style that he has developed over the last two decades to present or even combine expressionistic, surreal, symbolic, geometric and even abstract artistic developments all the while maintaining faith with the basic traits that he has created in his art and which frame and even define his work.
This transformation, however, has been so drastic that I do not believe that the local and international markets and galleries have had time to assimilate it yet. What they will make of it only time will tell. Actually – now that I bring up this theme I think I will try and write a more general blog on this subject as soon as I can . . . as ever, I have a few more things to say!🙂
Book: Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jungles In Paris – The Work of Henri Rousseau
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