This painting is part of a series of pastels by the artist that explores landscapes and natural light. These works were made in Greece, continuing a centuries-old tradition of plein air compositions—paintings made outdoors. These artworks demonstrate how the artist uses dry pastels to capture different landscapes' particular luminosity. The chalky pigments contain a unique chromatic intensity that is difficult to capture in other media; the colors seem to emanate their hues from some internal energy source.
Wittenberg is committed to making “lifelike” paintings and drawings that evoke an immersive feeling of a singular moment. The artist says her pastel works are "about sensation—the feeling of people, places and things. I wanted to record them really quickly and in high chroma.”
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Nicole Wittenberg creates life-like paintings and drawings that evoke an immersive, singular moment. Whether employing dry pastel or oil paint, the artist achieves an intense luminosity in her compositions; her canvases glow as though they are charged with the scene’s light, and her drawings’ colors seem to emanate their hues from some internal energy source. Whether rendering landscapes or aroused male figures from amateur porn, Wittenberg’s practice has always aligned with a sensual take on life.