An Invitation to Gaze

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Blue Hat and Red Lipstick

Above : Blue Hat and Red Lipstick 2013

A digital finger painting

There was a wonderful documentary last night on the BBC about the work of fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld. The documentary coincides with an exhibition now on at the Courtauld Institute in London and another exhibition later this year at the Louvre in Paris.

My painting is clearly a nod in the direction of Blumenfeld and in particular his picture of Babe Paley :


Blumenfeld himself often did covers of works by other artists:

Above : a take by Blumenfeld of (below) Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring

And below: Venus by Erwin Blumenfeld - an obvious cover of The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

And the photo below by Blumenfeld has echoes of The Girl in the Red Hat by Kees van Dongen (further below) :

Above : Kees van Dongen The Girl in the Red Hat

I'm a big fan of Kees van Dongen and when I first started painting again in 2010, after a long break of several years, I did my own version of this portrait, which I posted in March 2010. My painting (in mixed media on paper) has since sold.