Emotions Through Artist’s Pastel
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Emotions Through Artist’s Pastel

Nadia Kisseleva. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU Terms like portraiture, expressionism, impressionism, abstract and landscape painting are words that the layman may be familiar with. But tronie? Who’s ever heard of a ‘tronie’? Well, just ask Nadia Kisseleva what a tronie is and she could easily suggest you come see her one woman exhibition at the Nairobi National Museum to find out what a tronie is. The Russian-born artist who spent a big chunk of her life working and raising a son in Nairobi (between 1980 and 1996) is back for the month-long duration of her show which she entitled ‘The Other Kind of Beauty’. In the process, she says she’s happy to share this old genre of painting which was popularised by 17th century Dutch painters like Vermeer, Rembrandt and Frans Hals. Described as ‘defunct’ by some art scholars, meaning an art form or genre that’s disappeared over the centuries, Nadia found herself painting a tronie after passing through an emotional time in her life. “I had been travelling for a month, and hadn’t had a chance to paint. So when I finally settled, I picked up a brush and painted the piece I now call ‘Red Dress,” […]

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