Surrealist oil painting portrait of two brothers – commission

double portrait oil on canvas realist portraits surrealist sceneThe latest painting  I finished recently, is a commissioned surrealist double portrait that turned eventually out realist. I’m writing about this picture from left side of that commission.
It’s a realist, somehow surreal :), portrait of two brothers playing chess having the Rocky Mountain’s Maroon Bells peaks as background.
This is what the commissioner initially asked for this commission:

  • – size of the painting 24×26 inches
  • – to paint his sons portrait in a surrealist composition
  • – insert a picture of him with his sons in the painting composition.

These are the reference pictures for this commission: the two brothers and the pic that connect them all together as a family. This picture was took at the Rocky Mountains near Maroon Bells Peaks.
reference portrait picture older sonreference portrait picture younger sonrocky mountains maroon bells father and sons in front of
I did this initial sketch hoping the commissioner will agree with as I like it very much. Well, he didn’t, finding it being… too surreal. Yet, I still think this sketch is a nice one and pretty good for a surrealist portrait.initial sketch surrealist portraits

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So I had to conceive a second “first sketch” 🙂
second initial sketch surrealist portraitsThe commissioner also asked me to use the landscape on the background from the picture of him and his sons that he sent to me.

After some email discussions, I came up with this second sketch which is a much less surrealist composition then the first one. It’s mostly realist as you can see.
Because the commissioner told me about his sons that they are opposing characters and they’re not friendly each other, I’ve thought that depicting them playing chess would suggest their opposing character features.
He liked this last proposal of the painting composition .surrealist portrait third initial sketch

I thought that would be nicer to paint the Maroon Bells Peaks when I draw the sketch on the canvas. The commissioner thought like me, too, so I did that change
From now on, no changes will occur on the painting composition.

As you can notice, the portraits came out realist more than surrealist.
The surrealist elements of the composition resumes on a few surreal elements

  • – on the chessboard
  • – brothers are somehow part of the landscape
  • – there is a third surrealist “composition element” in the painting …but..I let you discover it by yourself. Write it in a comment if you notice it. I’m eager to read your comments!

And this was how I dealt this commission of a surreal painting composition with Rocky Mountains Maroon Bells in the background and two realist portraits… quite difficult but done eventually!

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