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Alicia Grau’s Still Life “Apples”

Alicia Grau, born in Barcelona, Spain, is known mostly for her impressionist paintings of children on the beach. Alicia Grau’s style of textured views of the innocent meeting the knowing ocean has been imitated by her peers and admired by art lovers since Alicia Grau’s pieces surfaced. However, it is Alicia Grau’s masterful still lifes that can represent and seem most indicative of her work.

Take Alicia Grau’s painting Apples, a tablescape laid out on a crisp white tablecloth against a wall of the same shade. Somehow, Alicia Grau succeeds in capturing the commonplace and vaulting it to a celebration of the way we live. It’s almost as if Alicia Grau captures the scene of an altar rather than the collection of objects necessary for a snack of apples. It is this ability Alicia Grau has to bind the light to the objects in Apples, giving them importance and lending them an ethereal quality and giving the objects honor that makes still lifes by Alicia Grau so compelling.

In Apples, Alicia Grau capably captures the golden cast of afternoon light from a window in the left of the room that remains unseen, and the light itself almost becomes the subject of Alicia Grau’s piece. The textured surface of the objects in Alicia Grau’s painting easily depicts the cups, plate, apples, flowers tea pot and bottles laid before us. With the muted coloration due to the overall yellow cast of light, Alicia Grau unites the items in a way that seems so natural. It’s as if the objects belong together not because of their usefulness at the time, though we accept that to be true, but also because the light has chosen to bless them in this moment Alicia Grau so aptly captures.

So take the time to seek out pieces by artist Alicia Grau that break from the subject of the people she loves to paint. You will be surprised and delighted at the way Alicia Grau, the European artist, can lend her loving eye to objects in a way that rivals her better known paintings by Alicia Grau of children on the shore.