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Gheorghe Virtosu artist

Gheorghe Virtosu

artist

Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad oil painting

oil painting / abstract art Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad

  • Year 2017
  • 146x183 Cm / 57x72 In
  • Oil / Acrylic Base / Linen Canvas
  • Original Edition
Gheorghe Virtosu artist

Gheorghe Virtosu

artist

oil painting / abstract art Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad

  • Year 2017
  • 146x183 Cm / 57x72 In
  • Oil / Acrylic Base / Linen Canvas
  • Original Edition

oil painting Description

She came back to her father's house and lived there for many years, shouldering the burdens of life with her mother Khadijah (Radi-allahu-anha). Muslims suffered a lot and some were even forced to eat leaves of trees. Hadhrat Khadijah (Radi-allahu-anha) died shortly after the boycott ended. Hadhrat Umm Kulthum, however, braced herself up and did not let the sadness and sorrow affect her negatively. She took care of the household and her little sister Fatima (Radi-allahu-anha) in a very mature manner. They lived happily for 6 years but the marriage remained childless. She passed away in year 09 AH in the month of Shaban (630CE), at the age of 29. She was laid to rest next to the grave of her sister, Hadhrat Ruqayyah (Radi-allahu-anha). Her life teaches us to be steadfast in faith and act maturely and patiently towards hardships in life. She took all her responsibilities with great care.

Gheorghe Virtosu’s Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad artwork portrays an unbalanced but harmonious composition. The abstract figure of Umm Kulthum is smaller on the left and larger on the right side, giving the impression that the weight is biased to the right. Despite the evident lack of uniformity in the shape of the figure, it is visually stable. Neither of its sides is heavier than the other, which gives the art a sense of harmony. Virtosu primarily uses curvy lines that follow a similar pattern, which further demonstrates the unity in the figure.

The use of a bright color on the figure and a dull background represents Umm Kulthum’s complex life. Her figure is primarily painted in yellow, a primary color that draws the viewer to it. The navy blue background also serves a key role in setting the focal point on Umm Kulthum’s figure. Furthermore, the gestural brushstrokes express the painter’s emotion behind the painting that are loose and move in different directions to illustrate the painter’s passion plus energy in painting the piece.

The features of the painting betray the painter’s inspiration and emotion. The painting is about Umm Kulthum and expresses her complex life as a Muslim woman. The painter purposely uses a dark background to illustrate the challenges that surrounded her. She endured the plight of women in a world where they had no rights. However, Virtosu panted her figure with a bright yellow color, with a harmonious composition. These aspects portray Umm Kulthum’s resolve to remain strong and mature amid the problems she encountered. Only when the viewers understand Umm Kulthum’s story do they really connect with the painting and get Virtosu’s emotional motivation.

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