An Invitation to Gaze

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Black Beret

(Above) The Black Beret
14.5cm x 18cm
June 2011
Mixed media on paper.

This painting started as a study after a photograph of Brigitte Bardot in a black beret. As I was working the painting I wondered off course a bit and found myself thinking more about two paintings: a portrait of the French actress by Kees van Dongen (below) and (futher below) the painting by Toulouse Lautrec of the French cabaret singer Aristide Bruant wearing his iconic red scarf.

(Below) Brigitte Bardot by Kees van Dongen

(Below) Aristide Bruant by Toulouse Lautrec