Oil on Belgian Linen, 24" x 24"
Within a framework of an allegory of the seasons, the four paintings Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter represent the cycle of life, and the Lucumí belief of learning about oneself and the world before transcending.
Part of Rosales’s allegory of the seasons series, Spring represents the time of birth and innocence. On the verge of adulthood, the young woman expresses her vulnerability to the world with wide eyes, tilt of her head, and body pitched forward in earnest. Pearls symbolize her innocence, flowers her blossoming beauty and virtue. The insects and hummingbird—painted with such skillful trompe l’oeil artistry that they appear to leap off the canvas—partake in the nectar of spring.