Being Maria Callas
Limited Edition Print 3 of 20
Mixed Media on Canvas
hand signed & numbered by the Artist
© 2009 Martina Rall. All rights reserved.
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This self-portrait is part of my series "Being Marilyn Monroe. Icon Portraits.", a series of self-portraits reflecting and expressing my admiration for and my identification with inspiring modern day icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Romy Schneider, Michael Jackson and Grace Kelly. The series is influenced by the work of surrealist female artists like Frida Kahlo and Niki de St. Phalle as well as by Italian author Luigi Pirandello's post-modernist approach on identity theory. And it is based on a series of coincidences, that brought me to explore and re-think the inherent nature of portraying providing a practical meaning to the American poet William Carlos Williams' quote: «The artist is always and forever painting only one thing: a self-portrait».
"La Divina" Maria Callas was an artist through and through. I admire her for her absolute dedication to art and love. She was working very hard. From youth up Maria lived exclusively for the opera. She wanted to become the greatest soprano singer in the world, and she did and she was until she met Aristotle Onassis. From that moment on, Maria the singer became Maria the woman. Her love for Onassis was true, deep, absolute and full of passion, like her performance in art. When Onassis married Jackie Kennedy, Maria became a broken woman. She even lost her voice. Her last years she passed lonesome in her appartement in Paris where she died at 54, only shortly after Onassis' death.