Armando Reveron

The Magician of Light Armando Reverón and The Rose Cut Diamonds.

Armando Reverón uses to said: “I’m the canvas…”

He was a Venezuelan painter, draftsman, and sculptor born in 1889; whose legacy acquired such importance that the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art of NY) dedicated a retrospective exhibition to him in 2007. Early in his artistic career, Reverón painted coastal landscapes with monochromatic palettes imitative of the bright white light of the seashore. These highly tactile paintings are unique in early modernism and seem to anticipate later monochromatic abstract art. Reverón’s figurative works seem to replicate the perceptual experience of puzzling out forms in shadowy interiors. His legacy is even more valuable because he didn’t leave disciples or pupils in his path.

Armando Reverón style consists in poetically suggest reality with roughly outlines shapes and colors, rather than describing them with meticulous objective accuracy. He blears the shape with the color, causing them to fade over an ethereal scenographic background, a weightless atmosphere of white, ocher and milky mist.

White, ocher, milky mist are the colors of the rose cut diamonds a kind of cut develop in the early 1900s, where the diamond resembles a spiral of petals in a rosebud. The number of these facets can vary from as few as 3 up to as many as 24, while a round brilliant cut diamond can feature 57 or 58 facets.


The fact that the rose cut diamond has a few facets makes the diamonds have a flat back and domed top covered in triangular facets (put it simply, the rose cut is only the top section of a typical diamond, without the bottom part); the effect makes the light pull and bounce around within the stone, a kind of style seen most often in antique rings from pre-Edwardian Era.

The diamond without having any facets on the underside, reflect the light in a way that makes it look quite transparent. Since they have few facets to distract the eye from internal flaws, small inclusions, and feathers within, the crystal will be more visible, more clear, MORE BEAUTIFUL, rather than a higher color grade.

The diamond will have a calm and ethereal look in comparison to the disco-ball sparkle of full-cut diamonds; the ethereal background, the weightless atmosphere of white, ocher and milky mist as Armando Reverón.

Light and color have the ability to touch an audience no matter in what kind of art they are exposed to.

Reveron used to say that “the painting is the truth, but the light will blind you”, maybe as the clarity of a diamond in a rose cut.



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