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City of Dreams

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Framed Size: 40.25" x 46.25"

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

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About the Work
About the Artist

About the Work

It is essential to Liudmila Kondakova to make people happy with her art. Her technique is very complex, and her studio looks like an alchemist’s laboratory, set up to fuse reality and a dream. However, she does not include any complicated concepts that require you to read long articles with obscure, and unfamiliar terms. Her art is simple and pleasing to the eye of the viewer but is also full of photographic details that enchant your way through a city skyline, a scene, or an object. She expects her art to be understood with the heart, from a person’s creative center. She hopes that people looking at her art will look at it with romance, light, and possibility in their heart. She wants people to look at her art with parts of their creative spirit that can appreciate all the facets of living.

“City of Dreams” is a charming and captivating image from Liudmila Kondakova. It is a playful treasure trove of iconic Parisian sights. Often seen individually in her other works, Kondakova has lightheartedly incorporated her beloved landmarks into one fantastic scene. She has re-imagined their placement based on how they would work compositionally rather than geographically creating a whimsical yet still immediately recognizable Paris.  Kondakova even spiritedly re-arranged the stars in the sky to reflect constellations she was drawn to and felt would help bring the painting more to life.  Can you spot all hidden gems in this painting?

Below is a list from the artist herself listing the landmarks and constellations in the work: 
On the very foreground, there is the Obelisk from Place de la Concorde. Right behind it, there is Pont de la Tournelle. To the left of the Obelisk is the tower from the Pont Alexandre-III. On the Pont de la Tournelle, you can see two Colonne Rostrale from Place de la Concorde.  People on the bridge are carrying the balloons shaped like sculptures from the fountain near the Pompidou Center, they are very colorful and bringing splashes of color to the scene. Behind the bridge, I installed the July Column from Place de la Bastille.  To the left of it, there is a famous carousel from Montmartre. Behind it, there is easily recognizable Arc D'Triumph. The bridge leading from Arc D'Triumph to Ille de la Cite is Pont de l'Archeveche, it leads to the equestrian statue of Henry IV from Pont Neuf and Pyramide du Louvre. Next, to the Pyramid, you can see very familiar Rodin's Thinker. Notre Dame is in the center. To the Right of Notre Dame: Rodin's Museum, Musee d'Orsay, Louvre, Pompidou Center, Opera Garnier, Trinity Church, Institute de France, Moulin Rouge, Saint-Jacques Tower, Sacre Couer. To the Left of Notre Dame: Place de Vosges, Pantheon, St. Chapel, Dome des Invalides, Hotel de Ville, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palace and La Defense with Grand Arche. Only Notre Dame and the bridges are on their normal places; everything else is moved to fit my composition. The night sky features real constellations of the Northern Hemisphere, like Ursa Major and Ursa Minor and Orion's Belt, but not in the real order. “City of Dreams” is a 30 x 36- inch, hand-signed archival print with hand-made detail.

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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