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Breakfast on the Balcony

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Framed Size: 39.25" x 32" 

hand-signed archival print with hand-made serigraph texture plates

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About the Work
About the Artist

About the Work

Liudmila Kondakova’s first childhood memories were all bright color: reds, blues, greens, yellows, and whites. She recalls her first persistent question to the adults around her was “What color is this”? Painting absorbs Kondakova’s whole being. If she is not painting she is thinking about her current or future projects. Days when she does not work, she considers lost. Liudmila Kondakova painted with egg tempera for many years. It is an unforgiving technique. If you make a mistake you have to start over. Through this process, she learned planning and discipline, and she uses those skills to create highly detailed paintings of her favorite cities, places, and spaces. She starts painting from the farthest background area and she works forward. From the darkest parts of the painting to the lightest, as if she is bringing her composition from darkness to light. Paris is a city that Kondakova has portrayed time and again in her work, and its architecture has inspired many of her works.

“Breakfast on the Balcony” instills a dreamlike quality to the city of Paris and the desire to escape in the city of light, or in this case, the city of a perfect morning. The detailed balcony structure is quintessentially Paris in nature. The Paris architecture looks sublime and highly detailed from the balcony. In the distance, the cathedral of Notre-Dame stands as a reminder of its grandeur, and the strong association it has with the city of lights.

Color and its synthetic infusion are also a key element in “Breakfast on the Balcony” making this artwork extremely appealing and colorfully detailed in true Kondakova style. The distant blue sky adds a peaceful element, and the almost blue rooftops of Paris create a sense of warmth and depth, that invokes the desire to visit Paris once more. Beyond this balcony, beyond this breakfast, we have a city that in the morning light is waiting to be explored, discovered and fall in love with. “Breakfast on the Balcony” is a 28 x 22.25- inch hand-signed archival with hand-made serigraph texture plates.

About the Artist

Born in Russia in 1956, Liudmila Kondakova immigrated to the United States in 1991. A graduate of the Grabar Center in Moscow, she also attended Russia’s School of Sacred Arts, the Moscow Pedagogical Institute and the Moscow Art Institute. Kondakova connects her highly trained background to her artistic expression this way: “In my art, the essence and beauty has always rested in the details.” Original paintings and limited edition prints by Liudmila Kondakova have an honored place in private collections around the world.

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