CM: Barbara Nahmad is generally interested in people who can radically change their lives. Lafcadio Hearn attracted her as a man who had many lives. He was a pioneer who epitomized the meaning of adventure, by traveling and discovering new worlds. For her picture of Lafcadio, Nahmad used the photograph that Frederick F. Gutekunst Jr. (1831-1917) took of him in Philadelphia in 1889. Nahmad feels that Lafcadio's face in this picture of him brings out a deeply spiritual person. In keeping with the Western tradition of using metals as a background for saints in icons to evoke their transcendental nature, Nahmad used silver. Finally, she choose to entitle this portrait with the sitter's surname because of its anonymous quality that suits an important person as Lafcadio Hearn.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens