14" x 11" Acrylic on Canvas
George H. Rothacker, 2009©
Collection of Irving Gerber
Prints are also available. Please contact
The Hotel Nacional is a national landmark in Cuba, It was opened in 1930 and was restored in 1992, preserving all of the splendor of its eclectic architecture, a mixture of Art Deco and modern influences of its time.
Though it rained, or was cloudy, throughout our Cuban holiday, I ventured out to the lawn in the rear of the hotel to paint one of the iconic towers of the famed hotel. A waiter brought me a chair and a table from which to work. Then it began to rain, and I settled on the stoop of the outdoor restaurant nearby. Though I couldn’t view the hotel from this position, I was able to paint the palm and the trees from that angle. I group of tourists were having lunch while I painted, and their guide said that since my legs were out beyond the stoop, a Japanese tourist named me, “The Painter with the Wet Legs.”