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Perán Erminy

International Art Critics Association. AICA.– Venezuela.

LANDSCAPES OF THE OTHERS

It must be slightly uncomfortable for an artist to identify with a last name as illustrious as Baumgartner, the philosopher who created the modern use of the word aesthetics.   In addition, the artist’s first name is Beatriz, she of the divine comedy, immortal love of Dante. But for Beatriz Baumgartner, her merit is not found on the basis of her name. Her success is based on the high quality of her work, which has rendered her one of the best watercolor artists in Venezuela.

Let’s not forget, painting with watercolors is much more difficult than painting with oils, acrylics, or pastels. Watercolor requires that the artist make a deliberate first intention with the work, all at once, and without the possibility of corrections or repetitions. For this reason, there are less watercolor artists than any other type of painter.

Landscape is the theme within Beatriz Baumgartner’s work.  Mountains, forests, and distant coastlines are painted with a rare realism that isn’t photorealist or descriptive, but rather imaginative, suggestive, fictitious, but plausible. What dominates the work is not what is represented, but how it’s represented.

It’s worth noting that what makes the work is not the nature it depicts, but the language of the paint itself. The artist’s unorthodox style and manner in which she works the watercolor creates a meeting point between dreamt-up landscapes and the fruition of the paint. Similar to the traditional still-life, Baumgartner’s landscapes do not refer to a recognizable place or time.  The absence of humans and structures place them in timeless ubiquity.

In these mountains, forests, and far-away coastal scenes, one gets a glimpse of paradise lost. It is found in the memory of an idyllic landscape and from the depths of the artist herself. Perhaps we hear the romantic echo of the remote Terrae Incognita. What transpires there is the otherworldliness of Beatriz Baumgartner.

Carlos Maldonado

Carlos Maldonado-Bourgoin

 

International Art Critics Association. AICA.– Venezuela.

Beatriz Baumgartner’s work, with its secure strokes and surreal, temperate colors, attracts the viewer.  Although seemingly traditional, this illustrator, painter, and watercolor artist makes use of unconventional tools and media. In that regard, she is an authentic offender.

The results are notoriously magnificent, from a powerful pantheist and tactile perspective. Imagined landscapes, dreamt, lived, and felt…expressed in her own way. Her witty use and manipulation of white acts as a support for the representative and varied landscapes that become suspended in mid-air, as if levitating or radiating artificial atmospheres. With very little, the artist says a lot, and yet manages to not fall into the simple or the conventional.

Beatriz Baumgartner’s spiritual landscapes have earned her a place in the national and international art world.

The presence of the line is a recurring theme in Beatriz Baumgartner’s work. It is part of her visual language, and is symbolic of the fragility of the landscape it represents.

Color, water, and emotion are the terms that define the work of the artist. If the word “term” means “that within which something is completely contained”, we can untie the above mentioned into each individual element.

Color: free from stereotypes, color allows for the creation of an atmosphere.  It is friendly and recognizable to the eye of the viewer without the need to be obvious and complacent.

Water: playful and colorful water gives each work its maturity.

Emotion: thought-out emotion, controlled and influenced by technical studies in the matter.

By way of her work, Beatriz has chosen a path through the art world that is serene and strong. With the advances in experimentation that is shown in her work, she has earned her standing in a national and international artistic movement.

Zulay Mendoza

Zulay Mendoza 

Director of the group JOING ARTISTS

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