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I like to mix realistic and abstract painting, I think it really resonates like an echo to our current world. A mix of beauty and chaos. Beauty that remains, eternal, despite the chaos. 

I usually paint the face and the hands first in a very realistic academic manner, inspired by the great painters from the end of the 19th century (Bouguereau, Sergent, Durant). Then starts a long journey where I will put and remove painting in successive layers for the background. A background that will at some places overlap the face, and at some other places merge with the portrait. It usually takes me a lot of time until I am fully satisfied with the overall composition. There must be a sort of harmony, the face has to well integrate the background and the background must echo the portrait in some ways.

This is my first portrait of Aurélie, one of my models. Aside from the beauty of her face, i like the little bit of melancholy that you can find in her look. She seems to be lost in her thoughts.

Specific details

Name of Artist: Bertrand Martin
Width (inches): 31
Height (inches): 31
Media: Oil
Country: France
Painting Genre: Representational: Figurative / Other