The formal family portrait below and its rich decorative textures harken back to a favorite from Flemish master Jan Van Eyck. While echoing the pose of the Van Eyck and the female's deep green attire, the male figure's right hand-positioning, which resembles the kartari mudra (the "Gesture of Discord"), seems to confirm the possible root his bride's side-ward glance.
oil on canvas 65" x 44" © Alex Gross 2007
The Betrothal of The Arnolfini (1434)
oil on oak panels 32.4" x 23.6" by Jan Van Eyck
oil on canvas 50" x 30" © Alex Gross 2008
Self Portrait as a Tehuana or Diego in My Thoughts, 1943
oil on masonite 30" x 24"
In several of his other paintings, some of the formality Gross uses in his composition seems to play a tight counterpoint to his more satirical subject matter. Still others with a more blatant comedic bent conjure up the iconic "loteria" squares of Mexico.
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