Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lilianne Milgrom Contemporary Portraits at Crossroads

Lilianne Milgrom, I Love Paris Series,
 Photo: Courtesy the artist.
Crossroads Gallery
3440 Jefferson St
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

Summer in Paris
Portrait paintings by Lilianne Milgrom
July 3 – August 21, 2013

Artist Talk & Reception

Saturday, July 13, 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA— Summer in Paris, Portrait Paintings by Lilianne Milgrom, opens July 3, 2013 at Crossroads Gallery at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and closes August 21. Paris-born artist Lilianne Milgrom brings Paris to the Washington area this summer with a stunning new series of eye-catching contemporary portraits. Throughout history, artists have documented their surroundings, their family and friends. While acknowledging the rich legacy of portraiture, artist Lilianne Milgrom’s new portrait series, Summer in Paris, firmly establishes the present moment. Her beautifully executed portraits evoke the kind of understated contemplation that has become rare in contemporary painting. Each painting is an invitation to enter a private world, an intimate scene or a piercing look. We are fleeting observers, tempted to stay and linger, pondering the nature of the sitters and their state of mind. Milgrom’s realistic style never tips over into photographic reproduction. These are paintings in which we feel the presence of the artist’s hand. Summer in Paris allows us to savor life’s quieter moments and reminds us of the pleasure found in beauty and the uniqueness of every member of the human race.

Lilianne Milgrom readily identifies with Picasso's description of painting as "just another way of keeping a diary." She further explains: “My recent portrait works are just that – a visual diary of the men, women and children with whom I crossed paths during my extended stays in Paris over the last two years. I was inspired to capture the ‘je ne sais quoi’ so inherent in Parisian style. What I discovered was that despite the quintessential Parisian appearance of my subjects, they ultimately represent a readily identifiable spectrum of universal personalities.”

Programming for this exhibition includes an artist talk and reception on Saturday, July 13, from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. at which time accordionist Nancy Leonard will play lively French music and Lilianne Milgrom will speak at 7:15 p.m.

On Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. Professor Marion Deshmukh, from George Mason University, will give a lecture on the French Impressionism and the 19th Century.

Contact Lynda Smith-Bugge at 703-578-7218 or lsmith-bugge [at] goodwinhouse[dot] org for information on this exhibition and accompanying programs.

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