The Toros series portrays a domesticated animal that has never completely succumbed to human dominance. It retains the elements of it’s innate original strength.
The Spanish fighting bull, this impressive creature bred for it’s courage and character, is for Monica an important source of inspiration. Symbolizing the beauty and mystique of nature, it is an echo of the great Auerochs, the bovine made extinct in the 17th Century, which we now know only from the fabulous cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux.
For almost a lifetime Monica has been studying bulls and cattle, their nature, their anatomy and the many forms in which they appear. In Spain Monica goes to sketch and to photograph in the fields and mountains, where the bulls mature and spend their lives.
Painting, drawing, or modelling a bull means to visualise it’s being; it’s body and spirit, and what the Spanish call trapio. The bull’s movements and speed, or it’s rock-like steadiness when in rest.
The image of the bull is built in multiple layers of oil paint or pigments.
It takes 2 to 8 months of work, and reworking, until the painting achieves it’s final state.
In any given year, the long period of time required in the creation of a new work results in a scarcity of paintings by Monica being available for acquisition.
all paintings by Monica Rotgans are signed with date
studies in charcoal – 2017
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