Backgrounds of paintings are backgrounds for a reason - they pale in significance to the subject, for it’s the foreground that is the key for most art lovers. Though, should we appreciate the backdrop of classic portraits more than we do?
On the basis of this brilliant ongoing series from Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester,removing all the people from a bevy of landmark works to reveal the scenes left behind, the answer is 'yes'. Yes we should.
The Hidden Spaces