Monday, December 17, 2007

50 Figures, #10

It's been a full month. I've spent most of it doing commissioned work and getting ready for Christmas. Enjoyable enough, but glad to finish up. Now to get back to the real fun!

After a little hiatus, I'm back to my 50 figures. "Masquerade" was painted over pure charcoal and fixative. It has a velvety, surreal look to it which I think works well with the subject matter.

One of my all-time favorite painters is Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. I completed this painting after studying his "Chilperic". Although it falls short of Toulouse-Lautrec's mastery of line and color, I think you will definitely see the influence.

What I love most about Toulouse-Lautrec's work is his subject matter. Although he was from a wealthy, influential family, Toulouse-Lautrec had a fascination with the decadent spirit and glamour of bohemian life in Montmartre, Paris at the turn of the 20th century. He lived with, hung out with and painted the rowdy, hard-living crowd of cabaret dancers, prostitutes, and clientele.

Online at the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, you can visit la Salle des Maisons Clauses (the brothel room) or take a guided tour of the ground floor.

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