01 March 2014

Art Nouveau Study

17" x 14", ink on Bristol board, 2004, private collection

I'd been playing around with art nouveau motifs since my Sunflowers series, combining my own imagery with details adapted (or outright transposed from) the work of Alfons Mucha. The "cobblestone" border and hair tendrils are based on Mucha's designs, but the woman is from a photo I took while still working in opera costuming (hence the crown and peasant shirt), but a full-colour portrait never resulted.

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