Alentejo Cold, 2011
Acrílic on canvas, 50x50x4cm
This artwork is unique

FRANCISCO LACERDA contemporary fine art 

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"Most my works are about loneliness. When i was in holidays, i went to Alentejo often. I was really in peace with my mind. Alone i could think about my life. Expectations. The nature inpire us to move into other directions. The right ones. It is such a nice but scary dichotomy between city and countryside. Only thing in common is the loneliness, we are feeling lonely wherever we are. Individualism is creating individual ways of life that in extreme will lead us to collective suicide. But i create works to project beauty. Beauty of nature. A refugee for problems. I really like Maluda and Noronha da Costa, portuguese artists, female and male, that never had true recognition."
In the 4th century BC, diamonds are mentioned in Arthashstra (372-287 BC), an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy written by Kautilya. This treatise provides a description of the diamond trade in India.

Ancient Greeks and Romans knew about the so called "adamas" mineral written in the oldest known treatise on rocks and minerals, called De lapidibus (“On Stones”) by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus(c. 372–c. 287 BCE).
In Historia Naturalis in 60 AD, Pliny starts an investigation on diamonds’ proprieties. He found that it is a very hard mineral.

In early Chinese writings on mineralogy, stones and rocks were distinguished from metals and alloys, and further distinctions were made on the basis of color and other physical properties.

Until the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in 1726, India was the only place where diamonds were mined. The town of Karwan, near the fortress city of Golkonda, now a suburb of Hyderabad, was the world's largest diamond-cutting and diamond-trading centre. The diamonds became known as Golconda Diamonds.

In 16th Century, Portuguese navigators, including Vasco da Gama, discovered a short route to India by sea, allowing them to control the diamond trade. The stones reached Antwerp city and diamond market through Goa via Lisbon. In the17th century, Europeans started polishing rough diamonds. Only in 1970, this polishing technique can to other continents.

Today, the biggest diamond producer is Russia. Most Russian diamonds are exported to the European Union, making Alrosa Antwerp´s the largest supplier of raw diamonds, selling more than 60% of their stock to Antwerp. Rough diamonds are mainly sold in Moscow by Gokhran of Russia, which is controlled by the Russian Government. These diamonds later come to Antwerp for final sales.
Welcome to the new Age: the Age of Diamonds.”

A new age confirms that we are heading to a world where people will
start investing in diamonds as safe investment and not in gold. This is not because gold will disappear, but because diamonds will start being used for many different proposes. With the emerging middle class around the world, especially from China, India, South America and Africa, there is no doubt that people will start to look to and acquire this raw and polished material.

Diamonds, such as other raw precious materials, will be the solution for the money-printing, world-bank society. Money is virtual, and will not substitute for the tangible value of this material. Diamonds can be traded everywhere
and they are beautiful. Fake or not, Natural or Synthetic, diamonds give a sparkling and shine to our lives. Am I right? Not
sure, but it is my opinion…

This artwork was made when I saw images of the Crystal Dom, in the Swarovski Museum in Austria. It is amazing project, based on Science theory of Geodesy (Crystal Dome was modeled after Sir Richard Buckminster Fuller's (1895–1983) geodesic dome, whose architectural design perfectly reflects the principle of geodesy.

Geodesy is the scientific discipline devoted to geographical measurement and representation of the Earth; in mathematics, it designates the shortest path between two points on a curved surface." 

Since 2011 this work has been the most important abstract artwork of the artist Francisco Lacerda. This artwork represents the colors of Spanish culture and the lifestyle of Spanish people.

The movements in the painting are the movements of a Spanish girl, dancing the famous dance called “Flamenco”. 

But mean time, the artist tell us that we can see more than a “flamenco” dance, we can see the movement of a big and colored culture. We can see a big country where different people, with many different cultures and visions, after the civil war of 1939, created together a strong country. We can see that in the warm colors represented by the red and orange, and the cold colors, represented by the blue and purple. The black and white are the harmony colors to the artwork.

"Alentejo can be warm and cold in summer as well as cold and warm in winter. The green and blue colour that fuses with
the grey and purple colour are all cool colours. In this work there are no warm colours. This is the kind of artwork that
seeks reflecting whether green really soothes and brings a sense of relaxation or comfort, or whether the viewer identifies
it with a genre of art that is a mix between the abstract and the figurative. Mark Rothko was one of the artists who most
explored this psychological effect of feeling colour and making it feel. This for example is a work where there is no clear
distinction between negative and positive space. Where the perspective hardly exists. But it is possible to imagine."  
Green is usually associated with nature. Green only began later in the nineteenth century to be created by mixing the
colour blue with yellow. Before that it was impossible. Green was not always associated only with the colour of nature.
Today using the word green means being natural, but green was a colour that symbolized sensory experiences. In art,
the green colour began with the placement of precious stones (emeralds) in mosaics in a spiritual and biblical context.
The green colour was the colour that created harmony between fire and water. An example of the type of pigment that
was initially used was “green earth” a pigment extracted from clay minerals. Buoninsegna and Uccello were two of the
first artists to use this pigment in their works. Upper Rhenish master's "A Litle Garden of Paradise" and Leonardo da
Vinci's "Maria Magdalena" is a wonderful example of the use of green in a period when other colours dominated in art. 

However in XV century Jan van Eyck made a portrait with a strong and vivid green colour for a wedding dress, known as
”The Arnolfini Portrait”. He was one of the first artists to break most of the gothic rules in art creating a merchant with a
green wedding dress instead of white one. Artists like Fra Angelico, van der Goes, Rubens, Poussin, Auguste-Dominique
Ingres, Delacroix, Jean-François Millet, Gustave Courbet, Henri Biva and Francisco de Goya continued to use the green
for many proposes in their works. 

Turner and Goethe were extremely important at the beginning of the century XIX for colour theory and the way we look at
art. Turner and Goethe were the first to explore colour and challenging existing theories (Newton). Turner managed to
bridge the gap between the figurative and the abstract. Very simply how the landscapes reproduce abstract works of art,
where the main objective was the study of light, colour and perspective. Best example is the case of the work “Light and
Colour (Goethe's Theory) - The Morning After the Flood - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis.”. Alentejo Verde work is an
example of a landscape that, due to its blur and fog, becomes almost abstract. 

Mondrian said that “Green is a useless colour” but he made many works in green colours! This was an example of a type of prejudice that is generated with a colour. 

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