Signed Expressionist Cityscape Illustration from Brazil, "Melusina the Fugitive"
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In this amazing original painting by Brazilian artist Rui de Oliveira, a fantastic composition features the fantastic image of a woman floating away from a castle, cradling a baby in her arms as she ascends over a moat towards a red sky. Rui paints in a characteristic, expressionist style, using acrylics alongside engraved designs. This composition tells the traditional French tale of Melusina, a queen who had the lower body of a snake. When her husband discovered her secret, she fled from the castle with their baby. The artist presents this painting, which is used to illustrate the literary account by Ana Maria Machado, titled Melusina, Dama dos Mil Prodígios (Melusina, Lady of One Thousand Prodigies). The illustration arrives in a mat board passe-partout.
Titled Melusina a Fugitiva in Portuguese.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.
Rui was twice nominated — In 2006 and 2008 — by the National Foundation for Children and Youth Books for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the most prestigious international award in the category.
Rui was featured in dozens of articles in magazines and blogs, and was honored with two exhibitions celebrating 30 years of his career in 2006.