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Pastel poet

By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
Cityscapes rank third after landscapes and seascapes in an artist’s line of his or her preference when it comes to a choice for a panoramic subject. Which of course doesn’t mean that images of cities have often become wonderful, unforgettable pieces. And while cityscapes are not the favourite choice of female painters, those who paint them can turn out quite wonderful works.

Like young Belén Gesualdo, who obviously loves cities, especially Buenos Aires at night. She makes beautiful, poetic pastel, nocturnal, magical, impressionistic scenes. Gesualdo has a very personal, quite unique dry pastel technique that she uses to portray night scenes, aglitter with the jewellery lights of the crowded river of cars. She masterfully achieves special effects which are far from easy.

Corrientes street and the majestic Obelisk, rising like an imperious spear, seem to be her favourite subjects. But these visually rowdy scenes are not bereft of poetry, especially when the glare of Corrientes gives way to other, more serene pictures, like the huge shadow of the Congress or the obviously early morning Florida, with only a few people walking .

In one way or another , this is a world at times engulfed by the hectic and dreamy scores of Piazzolla, so akin to tiara flashes on the vertical city.

Centro Cultural Borges, Viamonte 525 – Tel: 5555 5359

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