“The Straw Hat”
An oil on canvas portrait painting of a lady in a straw hat by Bato Dugarjapov (Born 1966).
Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Presented in a modern gold coloured frame.
Signature: Lower left and inscribed on reverse of canvas.
Provenance: Auction label verso 09 October 2000.
Condition: Painting and frame are both in good condition.
Measurements: Painting measures 26 x 21cm and the overall frame 41 x 36cm.
Biography: Bato Dugarzhapov (1966 – ) was born in the Chita Region of Siberia. He studied at Moscow Art School and graduated from Surikov’s Moscow Art Institute. He is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists, and lives and works in Moscow.
A key strength in Dugarzhapov’s work is his excellent combination of both far music and near music. The compositions are always very strong, with an interesting arrangement of shapes, and beautiful colour harmonies. He uses many types of contrast: detail, temperature, and thick and thin. The paintings are usually painted in middle values with a few dark accents, and sometimes in a high key to emphasize the feeling of strong sunlight.
He uses a very interesting optical color mixing brushwork technique using multi-colored brushstrokes sometimes in combination with a wet-in-wet adjacent brushstrokes technique. The beauty of his paintings arises to a large extent from his strong foundation in color observation and in his drawing skills, where he skillfully uses suggestion. He is very accurate with hue changes on a form, made much more difficult because of using optical color mixing at the same time.
He is one of the very few painters who can take a representational painting to the verge of abstraction and still make it feel real.