Index of Prophecies (1975-1976)
A selection of paintings of this series are cataloged in approximate chronological order. Information shown: title, date, medium, dimensions in inches (vertical x horizontal), collection and location.
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The Ladies [Estate title], c. 1975, oil on canvas, 24 x 20, Collection of Martin Haggland, New York (hereafter noted "MH")
This moody landscape reflects the influence of Abstract Expressionism in its gestural brushstrokes and of the Italian masters in its figure and landscape composition.
Left Behind For Cythera, c. 1975, oil on canvas, 32 x 28, Collection of Tom Miller, New York
The solitary figure is a recurring theme in Collazo's paintings, notably in the Black Figures of 1989, such as Fata Morgana, New World Rider and Bon Vivant. Left Behind For Cythera shows a psychological twist on Watteau's The Embarkation for Cythera (L'Embarquement pour l'Île de Cythère, 1717, Louvre, Paris). The eighteenth century French painter's influence continues to be seen in Sardonyx, of 1984 (compare to The Swing, c. 1712, The Museum, Helsinki); Watteau Back, of 1986; Angel Back, of 1988 (with its "Watteau gown"); and Model of Decorum, of 1989, which is based on Watteau's L'Indifférent (c. 1716, Louvre, Paris).
Southold Fen, 1975, oil on canvas, 36 x 48, MH
The artist's paintings have a landscape basis, with foreground, middle distance and sky. Compare this early, stormy work to the jubilant All Souls' Day of 1988.
By a River, c. 1975, oil on canvas, 32 x 48, MH
This meditative landscape is strikingly similar in subject, mood and color to A Bower of 1989.
Wadi Medani, c. 1975, oil on canvas, c. 18 x 80, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, In memory of Ernest Acker-Gherardino, gift of his friends
Another early landscape, as later developed in Man in China of 1988 and other paintings.
Aurora Borealis, c. 1976, oil on canvas, 48 x 64, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, In memory of Ernest Acker-Gherardino, gift of his friends
The staircase and zigzag motif foretell their use in Nekofi Cerkafi of 1985 and other paintings of the Tapestries series.
Materialization, c. 1976, oil on canvas, 30 x 24, Collection of Wilbert Cruz and Marisol Uzal, Luquillo, Puerto Rico
This solitary figure, with its highly abstracted form and flame-like head, is an ancestor of Model of Decorum of 1989 and others.
Emergence, 1976, oil and decals on canvas, 26 x 24, MH
The influence of Abstract Expressionism is evident in this self-portrait. For a commentary on this painting, see Acker-Gherardino's manuscript: Hanging Ralph Collazo's Exhibition in Art Lobby
The Annunciation, c. 1976, oil on canvas, 51 x 110, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, In memory of Ernest Acker-Gherardino, gift of his friends
This homage to Leonardo's Annunciation demonstrates Collazo's two greatest artistic influences: Abstract Expressionism and the Italian masters. For a commentary on this painting, see Acker-Gherardino's manuscript: Raphael A. Collazo's Annunciation.
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