uFor many politicians, actors and professionals in general, such as Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Pierce Brosman and Jim Carrey, painting works of art becomes a relaxing therapy where everyone comes to feel free to express themselves even without having received any kind of formal education in disciplines such as drawing, portraiture or landscaping.
Such is the case of the two-time Oscar winner for Best Actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, in 2021 for the film “The Father”; in 1992 when he served as the famous Dr. Hannibal Lecter, serial killer who practiced cannibalism in the movie “The Silence of the Innocents.”
In private, Hannibal’s interpreter is a man of the arts, since he plays the piano to perfection, at 79 he decided to free himself and begin to express himself through his works of art, which are around in sales prices around of 5 thousand dollars.
All his works of art are different, but they keep some unchanging details: huge amounts of color and expressive eyes. “The face is not the important thing, the eyes are the most bewitching part of the soul,” said Anthony Hopkins, in one of his many interviews.
To tell the truth, Anthony Hopkins is not the only painter who finds the window to the soul in the eyes. Amadeo Modigliani, the early Italian painter, who was part of Picasso’s circle of friends, in the Paris of the early 1900s, used to portray people with almond-shaped and empty eyes, since he indicated that the only way to draw eyes of a person, it was if he could know his soul.
The compositions of the protagonist of Hannibal are full of colors, which reminds us a lot of the style of Van Gogh or Picasso, although he affirms that neither of them has been his inspiration when impregnating his canvases.
On the contrary, the artists who have served as inspiration for Anthony Hopkins are Francis Picabia, a French artist with Spanish-Cuban roots; and Oskar Kokoshka, an Austrian artist who, despite being characterized by his modern style, was one of Hitler’s few favorite painters.
Other artists to the liking of Anthony Hopkins, were Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon: and of the impressionists he likes very much as good English, the works of Turner, as well as the famous French Degas and Monet.
His first forays into painting date back to when he was a child, as his father took him to a church full of stained glass windows with striking colors. Nowadays, she finally frees herself by expressing the child within her, through her infantile and primitive art.
At that time he went to school and began to make some sketches, receiving the support of his mother who encouraged him to continue with this passion. He soon realized that he would need to be educated in this field and because he was not very disciplined and studious, he decided to leave his healthy distraction as a cartoonist.
It was not until 2003, when he married for the third time, that his wife told him that he should start painting, and that it would be a good idea to make some drawings to give to the guests of the ceremony. so it was!. Anthony painted a series of landscapes that he awarded to the nearly 75 guests at his wedding.
Hopkins created his own art studio, which is filled with paints, oils, tempera, and brushes. He himself describes it as a “Color Disaster”, with paintings of all kinds decorating the walls. This space has become his refuge during the pandemic, since during the first months he decided to take shelter because he was old and spent his days playing the piano and painting.
In the film “Surviving Picasso”, Anthony Hopkins plays the painter from Malaga, whom although he does not imitate when painting, he does imitate when living and enjoying life.
Today, a new painter has emerged, who makes up to 3 works at the same time, just as Picasso did, letting his creativity flow without any restrictions, since he does not want life to pass without having dedicated enough to his hobbies. and passions.
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Anthony Hopkins and his love of painting