Julio Rosado del Valle was a multifaceted artist, with a centralized Abstract Expressionist movement style. The diversity of his career was huge with a global topics such as windows, transportation “BIKES” self-portraits, nudes, family members and colorful animals. This script is fully dedicated to some rare works of animal paintings all found in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
Julio Rosado del Valle paintings have become rare and expensive, examples like this are impossible to see on sale because since his death, collectors have been devoted to the purchase of this type of works. It is beautiful to see examples of good works like the one selected here, it gives you an idea as how Don Julio analyzed, studied and painted different animals with an accurate brushstroke but still managing to maintaing the abstract composition of such animals
The painting “Jirafa” is a great work, however the orange color helps the yellow center composition of the animal, this work is executed in acrylic paint with a palette knife. The anatomy of the Giraffe is poorly executed but we must understand that the artist just wanted to show the viewer only a plain suggestion of the animal located in front of them. That what make this complete serie a true abstract masterpieces.
Children tend to be the best interpreters of abstract art, the mind of a child is full of imagination and creativity, a child is capable to explain this complete collection of animals with only seeing it once. It’s curious that this type of work simple, colorful and elementary were the last periods of Julio Rosado, much like the crayon works by Pablo Picasso created near the end of his life. All the above work are extremely simple, but the chaos in the brush stroke has an order and organization to the line. Is precisely made to project the animal being created. Often this type of art are the most feared and complex for any artist of high caliber, we must remember the artist must segregate everything learned throughout the years and prepare the brain to run an art that is lost due to advance studies and age. In other words regain the innocence and passion that every child experience when encountering paint and paper for the first time.
By Joey Medrano
Note: All Photo and Paintings Are Property of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.