Havana '59 Exhibition and Sale at Eastern University - Opening - November 11, 2011

Presented by Eastern University, Friends of the Library, and Pennsylvania Trust to benefit the David R. Black Academic Enrichment Fund. Click here to for tickets to the November 11,2011 Grand Opening at the Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor

Sponsers (to date)
: (click on link to view sponsors websites) Pennsylvania Trust, Corporate Dimensions, LTD., Handelok Bag Company, Edmar Abrasive Company, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Newman & Saunders Galleries

The Balcony

36" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
George H. Rothacker, 2011©


Collection of Richardson T. Merriman
Prints are also available.

Please contact george@rothackeradv.com

The peak of Neoclassicism in Havana with the construction of the Vedado district (begun in 1859). The whole neighborhood is littered with a set of well proportioned buildings. Many wealthy Habaneros took their inspiration from the French as can seen in the floret, doors and detailing in this painting.

"The Balcony" is a painting about color and texture. After creating many paintings with strong subject matter, I wanted to concentrate on the beauty behind the ruin... the rubble on the balcony, the rust, and the deteriorating facade. I also wanted to create an Havana painting, that although in keeping with others in the series, had a more modern and abstract feeling to it.....where the subject matter is subordinate to the graphics and the use of paint. I also wanted it to be fairly large.

Painting prior to the addition of the woman framed by the doorway.
After completing the painting, my wife Barbara, and friend Leslie both thought the painting needed some additional subject matter to provide a focus. I added the woman which, I have to agree, augments the painting while emphasizing the scale of the building.