L.E.P.I.H : Elle est paysage. (She is a landscape)

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L.E.P.I.H : Elle est paysage. (She is a landscape)

Copyright ©David G. Wilson

Oil on canvas, 1982; Collection of the artist.


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In his "Treatise on Painting", Leonardo da Vinci advised artists that they could enhance their creative faculties by closely studying stains on the wall and therein they would perceive a plethora of images that could enhance their compositions. I therefore set out to unearth the mystery of

*La Giocondawhich revealed to me the landscape that Leonardo frequently advocated as background for a portrait. I simply blended her into her own background landscape. I have lately discovered a completely new image hidden within her features. I have also seen a third such interpretation by a Mexican artist, Octavio Ocampo. His version appeared in the January 1995 issue of 'Artist magazine.'

For 500 years, viewers have tried to attach various interpretations to her enigmatic smile. Leonardo was a genius who was capable of multiple intent in this enigmatic painting. More recently, Mrs. Lillian Schwartz concluded,as a result of her computer research, that Leonardo's intent was to combine his own portrait with that of Lisa del Giocondo. Although I respectfully concur, I do not believe that there is a limit to the extent of perceptive interpretation applicable to that picture. I opine that interpretations are limited only by the extent of the viewer's imagination.

L.E.P.I.H. For the title of this painting, I borrowed a page from Marcel Duchamp's version "LHOOQ". If one were to read the letters of my title in French, they would spell out "Elle est paysage" meaning "She is a landscape". which is what I was looking for in the Mona Lisa. Following Leonardo's suggestion that the artist who desires to enhance his faculties for creative invention should stare at a stain on the wall and therein he shall perceive whatever he wishes to see, I felt that I could find a landscape in the Mona Lisa because of Leonardo's predilection for landscape background for his portraits. A scutiny of the Mona Lisa gives the viewer the feeling that Leonardo carved her body out of the landscape. It would be presumptuous of me to say that that was his intentions, but I felt that it made for a very interesting painting if I could blend her image into the background landscape. I am still not satisfied that I have accomplished that goal fully, so I keep working at improving the image even if I have to execute 100 more with improvements each time. My passion for Leonardo's masterpiece is beyond measure.

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