The 2nd day of summer

The 2nd day of summer



Status: for sale

Category: painting    Subject: woman     Mediums: acrylic paints, own technique

Materials: canvas     Style: art deco, contemporary, cubism, abstract, realism

Size: 100 H x 70 W x 2,5  [cm] / 39,4 H x 27,6 W x 1 [in]    Year: 2018

 Painting The 2nd day of summer

‘The 2nd day of summer’ is a new painting by Ania Luk. A unique, sensual composition referring to the art deco painting, maintained in the artist’s style, which combines cubism, abstraction and realism. It presents a woman with long brown hair in a swimsuit. Warm, subdued colors create a sensual and elegant image in the form.

As the co-founder of Cubism once said, Pablo Picasso:

“What I want is that my picture should evoke nothing but emotion”

Painted on linen canvas with a slightly visible texture, own technique with the use of acrylic paints. There is no need to embed in a decorative frame, because the edges are linen, not covered with any color.

The painting ‘The 1st day of summer’ was painted by the painter graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts – Ania Luk. Signed at the front and back, with a certificate of authenticity, protected by a varnish in half-matte. This painting fits perfectly with modern interiors. The leading colors – orange, platinum, gold and bronze.

The second painting from the series “Summer days”.


Summer of 1928 or summer of 2018? Feminine beauty is timeless…

Art Deco

The term “art deco” was created in 1968 by an English art historian Bevis Hillier in reference to the resurgent interest in art decoratif – characteristic trend that prevailed in the years 1909-1939, cultivating luxury and wealth. Manifested itself in many ways: in painting, graphics, fashion, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, interior design and architecture. It represented many design concepts that appeared approx. 1909 in Paris and developed over the next thirty years.

What distinguishes art deco style is combination of modern styles with artistic finish and richness of the materials used. In addition, art deco is a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes dissonant, which are united by the desire for modernity. In fine arts, nothing better brings out the language of art deco, than paintings of Tamara Lempicka.

“I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don’t apply to those who live on the fringe.” Tamara Lempicka


Cubism is an early 20th century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture. In addition, some people say that it’s the most influential art movement of the 20th century.

Noteworthy in cubist artworks, objects are rather analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form. Instead of depicting objects from a single viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. The most famous painters associated with the cubism movement are especially Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.

“As a movement Cubism had consistently stopped short of complete abstraction. Heretics such as Delaunay had painted pure abstractions but in so doing had deserted Cubism.” Alfred H. Barr Jr.

Abstract Art

Most of all abstract art creates a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. It was caused by the need of creation a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy going through the end of the 19th.

Finally abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. Furthermore this departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete.

The precursors of abstractionism were: Wassily Kandinsky, Edward Munch.

“We aren’t just eyes; we have memories, feelings. Emotional content is what makes life whole, and a lot of abstraction has no connection with people…” Mark Adams

Contemporary art

It has set on in 1945, after the II World War and lasts till today. The foundation for the contemporary art was prepared by the Dadaists, who perceived the artist as the creator of the idea. New trends were born, such as abstract expressionism (in Europe- informel), action painting, color field painting, pop-art, op art, conceptual painting, street art, calligraphic painting and others.

The most famous artist are: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon , Victor Vasarely.

In contemporary art there isn’t one aim or a point of view. It gives a heterogeneous and ambiguous glance at the contemporary world. Furthermore, there has always been a huge tendency to experiment and search for innovative language which would be consistent with the changing reality (photomontage, collage, manifesto, object, installation, happenings, video installation, performance). Sadly, today it seems that there are virtually no aesthetic or moral bounds in artistic expression.

“One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.” Anish Kapoor


Firstly, realism in the arts is the effort to represent subject matter truly, without artificiality. Secondly, it has been prevalent in the arts at many periods. It is in large part a matter of technique and training, and the avoidance of stylization. Thirdly, realistic paintings are mostly scenes from the life of ordinary people, painted with a simplified means of expression, of peaceful palette and composition.

Finally, the realism art movement in painting began in France in the 1850s. The realism painters rejected Romanticism, which had come to dominate literature and art, with roots in the late 18th century.

The most important artist of realism came from France – Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Honoré Daumier.

“One reason my paintings have become realistic has to do with my interest in what things really look like.” Robert Bechtle

Acrylic painting

Painting technique using acrylic paints, which have a similar characteristic to oil paints. Acrylic paintings are as durable as oil paints.

The most important practical difference between acrylic paints and oil paints is the drying time. Acrylic paints are ideal for painters using sharp and firm brush movements. Mixing acrylic is more difficult than mixing oils just because acrylics are starting to dry quickly. With oils you can mix colors for many days. Resulting in a variety of color variations on which acrylics will not give you enough time. This slow process of drying oil can be seen as an advantage for some technicians. On the other hand, this lengthens the process of image formation.

Another advantage of acrylic is that it can be rinsed with water during work, no solvent to clean brushes. When dry, the paint layer is waterproof and can quickly overlap both hides and lacquers. Acrylic paint is durable, elastic, resistant to aging, does not turn yellow, does not crumble.

All these advantages contribute to the growing popularity of this painting medium among contemporary artists.

Note: Using images of Ania Luk’s paintings can only be done with the written agreement of the artist.


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