The Top Model Athlete Oil on Canvas Maria Sharapova Russia | The Berlin Tennis Gallery

Updated: Aug 17


26 July, 2020. The Top Model Athlete is the artwork of Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova. Sharapova was known to the public as one of the most pretty and athletic athletes on the tour. The painting shows Maria in her impressive service position.

About Maria

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, born 19 April 1987, played under the banner of Russia with the Women's Tennis Association WTA. She has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994. Sharapova competed on the WTA tour from 2001 to 2020 and had been ranked world No 1 in singles by the WTA on 5 separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of 10 women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova achieved a rare level of longevity in tennis, with several tennis pundits and former players calling Sharapova one of tennis's

best competitors. Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on 22 August 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to top the singles rankings, and last held the ranking for a 5th time for 4 weeks from 11 June 2012, to 8 July 2012. She won 5 Grand Slam titles — 2 at the French Open and 1 each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, winning 36 titles in total, including the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She also won 3 doubles titles. Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the "100 Greatest of All Time" by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001. In 2018, she launched a new programme to mentor women entrepreneurs.

Artwork The Top Model Athlete

The Top Model Athlete was done by G-Anne Fixemer as a commissioned artwork, painted at The Berlin Tennis Gallery in 2020. The size of the figurative painting is 70x70x3.5 cm. The mood this painting sends to the audience is the feel of perfectly formed athletics. Maria had been practicing in the gym more than any player. The artwork shows her perfect serving position. Her serve was the catalyst for her entire game. Sharapova used to have an elongated motion. She was able to produce speeds greater than before, including a 121-mph serve hit at the Birmingham tournament in 2010 – the fastest serve of her career. Her elegance and discipline was the inspiration for the perfect photo-realistic painting. name of the shop, or maybe they sell cigars as well. The painting looks like it was painted with oil paints because of the smooth appearing texture, and the deepness and solidness of the colors.

The Berlin Tennis Gallery Artworks´ Style

This is the aim of The Berlin Tennis Gallery (The BTG) arts: to capture not only the outer appearance of the player but her inner essence as well - her energy, life force, and spirit. To accomplish this goal, the painter rejects the use of unnatural artistic effects. Like the photographer who prefers to work with bright and strong colors, The BTG regarded a deep green (Wimbledon) color as the central means to express the key message of the painting. The artist also insisted on the changeable qualities of light and shadow.

Figurative Art

Figurative art, describes artwork that is clearly derived from real (person) sources, and is therefore by definition representational. “Figurative art” is often defined in contrast to abstract art: Paintings can therefore be divided into the categories of figurative, representational and abstract. The formal elements, upon which figurative art is dependent, include line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture, and perspective. These elements are deployed to create an impression or illusion of form and space, and to create emphasis in the narrative portrayed.

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