The Ball. photos courtesy of Marsi Foundation
Some 100 paintings by the late HSH Princess Marsi Sukhumbhand Paribatra are among the works of many great artists of the world that are presented digitally on the Google Arts & Culture application and website.
A collaboration with the Marsi Foundation, which takes care of the princess’s paintings and arranges exhibitions of her work, the digital show brings around 40 of her oil-on-canvas paintings once displayed during the “Beauty And Ugliness: Aesthetic Of Marsi” exhibition at the National Gallery Bangkok in 2018 and dozens of other works from two previous shows in 2010 and 2013.
The princess, whose artwork is well-known internationally and exhibited regularly in Europe, especially France, was reputed for her surrealist art that harmoniously blends Western and Eastern nuances to depict her vast imaginative world.
The digital exhibition is divided into four parts — “Who Is Princess Marsi?”, “The Joy Of Animal, Birds & Flowers”, “Beauty And Ugliness” and “Art Is A Reflection Of Life And Death”. Viewers will be taken on a journey into Marsi’s world of imagination and explore her identity.
They will also come to know the late artist through her five large-scale outstanding works that have gained recognition from art lovers worldwide.
The Ball is one of her masterpieces that received an award judged by a committee of youth at the Provence-Arts Festival in 1991. Explosive in colour and detail, it portrays a lively dance of animals.
A painting about life and death, The Wall shows people enjoying themselves and being romantic inside the wall but on the other side is a land of separation where people long for their loved ones. This work reflects the truth that “life and death are inseparable”.
A testimony of her love for her Saint Bernard pet dog named Noui Noui, The Mystical Marriage Of Prince Noui Noui At Vellara shows a spectacular scene of the beloved dog’s wedding, direct from her imagination.
Noah’s Ark depicts the famous biblical story in which God saved Noah, his family and the animals that lived on his ark from a great flood. However, the animals have unique characteristics and wear fine jewellery that reflects the taste of the artist.
Give Me Your Hand, meanwhile, was painted with ultramarine, the finest and most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters. This colour was often used to paint the blue robes of the Virgin Mary to signify sacredness and modesty.
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