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Beethoven - Original Oil on Canvas

Beethoven - Original Oil on Canvas


Size: 34" x 44"

Beethoven - Original Oil on Canvas - 34" x 44"

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Beethoven - Original Oil on Canvas - 34" x 44"   

When I painted Beethoven, I listened to his symphonies the entire time i created his portrait.  It helped give that piece the stormy feel that I experience while listening to his compositions. 

Oh, and he died before photographs came about and I didn't want to paint from other paintings, so I began my search for a model with similar facial features.  I told my roommate in college I needed to find a guy with a German nose, a cleft chin, a square jaw, deep-set eyes, and predominant cheak-bones.  

That's when it hit me.  Beethoven was going to be a self portrait.  We grabbed a shop light and lit me up for dramatic effect.  I made the typical Beethoven scowl and hit the studio.  When I neared the end of the painting, I laid the photos of the other painting of him out and tweaked the facial features back to be more like him and less like me. 


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