A street scene from Santiago de Cuba, featuring a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville. This is the third generation of Cadillac featuring a low fenderline capped by long pointed tail fins. The car in this painting is two tone, with a bright green roof and white body. Finishing the lower rear quarters is a stainless steel trim which seamlessly blends into the rear bumpers. The Seville is a hardtop body style, and this model also has an alternative which is a convertible. The convertible model is a Biarritz.
The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville was one of the most luxurious models available. Cubans have done a remarkable job of preserving these iconic cars, with limited resources to make repairs. The number plate on the rear bumper is cracked, whereas the car itself is showing few if any signs of its age. Across the other side of the street you can see a teal blue colored building. A man exits the doorway from within the building, while a woman stands next to a power pole about to cross the street. At the end of the street pastel colored paintwork surrounds dark shadowy windows and doorways.
The outlines of the car have a clear definition, in contrast to the grey watercolour wash of the bitumen below. The lines of the buildings are minimal, with broad brush strokes defining their lines. The roof of the blue building at the end of the street melts seamlessly into the shadows. The bright red tail lights compliment the amber indicators at the pointy end of the fins. The car’s green matching interior shines through the rounded glass of the rear window, separated by a silver radio antenna. Owning a Cadillac would be amazing, but owning this artwork as an original or print could be the next best thing.