Izabella Godlewska de Aranda (Creative Arts Today: Introduction)

Creative Arts Today – Ex. 4

Find the image below in the Bridgeman Education Library.

Make a note of the artist and title.

Say what you think of the piece in four or five words.


Fig. 1 (See below)

I decided to approach the task in three stages:

  1. Give four or five words before researching the artist and their work
  2. Research (albeit superficially) the artist and their work
  3. Reconsider what the four or five words would be, with the benefit of some knowledge and, possibly, context


Rothko, Subtle, Sea, Sky, Sun



The Bridgeman Education Library tells us that the artist is Izabella Godlewska de Aranda. The work is entitled Space, Time, Motion, Green and is described as homage to Mark Rothko (1903- 1970).

The collection of her work on display on the Bridgeman Education Library website shows an artist with a mastery of her materials, who has produced a diverse collection of work. Both the style and subject matter is very wide-ranging. Her style varies from figurative to entirely abstract whilst her subjects include flowers, landscapes, townscapes and people.

The website describes the artist as an architect, painter and sculptor. Born in Poland, the family escaped in 1939 eventually settling in the UK, where Izabella was educated and studied architecture (at Oxford). She studied painting whilst working in London but ultimately moved and settled in Spain.

A Google search yielded just one other biography, a polish entry in Wikipedia.

Her work

Three aspects of the work on display on the Bridgeman website particularly interested me. The first was the sculpture, Woman (fig. 2 below).


Fig. 2. Godlewska de Aranda, I. (2001) Woman

I think this is a tremendous sculpture and would like the opportunity to see it first-hand. The photograph gives the impression of a piece focused on the form of the torso. The cuts and gaps in the structure seem to emphasise muscle and hence power and strength. The raising of the right leg also injects a sense of movement into the work.

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