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The Swan: The purity of love that conquers death


Describing the painting of Francisco Sanchis Cortés is like trying to explain what music, dance transmits to us… something extremely difficult given the depth that underlies the apparent simplicity of its message.


And the message seems to be clear: beauty, love, desire, and death that liberates lovers from a devastating reality.

Tchaikovsky shows us all these ingredients in his ballet, although it is not until after his death, with Marius Petipa, choreographer of the Russian Imperial Theater, that the work acquires its final staging. Today we can contemplate it as one of the most beautiful ballets created to transport us to bygone times and although centuries pass, there is something eternal that remains intact inside the human being and that every good creation worth its salt must transmit.


Only certain individuals, let's call them "artists", "creators", "madmen who dare to investigate the human soul" ... show us through colors, sounds ... those shadows and lights that we all carry inside and hide under a sleepy reality , hidden under an excessive attachment to the material, to the mediocre, to a false security that current advertising is responsible for making us seem like the panacea for all our ills ...


As our dear Antonio Machado said: "After living and dreaming, there is what matters most: waking up."

And that is what Francisco Sanchis Cortés provokes: the awakening of the soul, of the hidden emotions that reappear to show us what our true being is.


Francisco introduces us to Princess Odette, victim of a spell caused by the sorcerer Von Rotbarth, who has turned her into a swan, emerging from the lake with all the strength that only a woman possesses when she truly loves ... aware that her awakening implies death , but knowing that living converted into something that is not, is not life ... There is no other way then but the one that marks the heart. And that pure and beautiful white that Francisco has used so many times in his female figures, enhances the feeling of elevation.


Prince Siegfried, who swore eternal love to Odette, but at one point was fooled by the witch's daughter, Odile, the black swan ... is in the background, in the background. There is still hope for him, as the black swan is reflected in the world of dreams but does not become real. It is Odette's true and pure love that rises above the deep dark waters to save him. Waters that create restlessness, full of violets, greens ...

An acquittal, that of the prince, which gives hope to those of us who at some point had come to believe that after the dehumanization of art, there was nothing new to offer. Thanks Odette…


And above all, thank you Francisco for having the will to fight against the current without failing to awaken the beauty and love that exists in each one of us through art, music and culture.





Art Curator


Estela Boal Cerezo is a visual artist and musical performer, Segovian by birth and Arandina by adoption. She is the daughter of the also painter Higinio Boal García (DEP). She studied Viola and Piano at the Conservatory of Valladolid. Her painting, of a figurative nature and with an original symbolism, has derived mainly towards the genre of portraiture.


She uses different techniques such as pastel, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and washes with inks. Being the observation of nature and its figures the reference of it in this long learn what art is.


She resides in Aranda de Duero (Burgos). she has held exhibitions of her works in different cities in Spain and abroad.

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