Sunday, May 6, 2018

What's On Your Mind?

Face it, there are just so many great portraits in the Pantages Portfolio! Judy has just come across this fantastic and incredibly intense portrait by Belgium expressionist painter Pierre Paulus (1881—1959). Whatever the old man is looking at has his full attention, but it is difficult not to look at him.

Paulus was both a creative force and a politically active citizen. His work was featured at several art exhibitions in the US and Europe. He is perhaps most famous for designing the "bold rooster" mascot of the Belgian Walloon movement in 1913. Wallonia is a region in southern Belgium and this campaign advocated for the French language and culture within this geographic area. Today this rooster is the central visual in the region's red and yellow national flag.