The Golden Gown

Haven’t posted for a while as I’ve been working on this one.  Again, an oil painting based on a life drawing – an hour long study this time for a change (see bottom).

As you’ll see from the drawing I had no information for a background and instead of imagining one have instead “quoted” part of one from a 19th century oil painting by Joseph Frederic Charles Soulacroix known as  “The Reader”. I also admire the paintings of William Merritt Chase, who clearly enjoyed using flat patterned and decorative japanese backdrops for his subject for effect –  so I thought, why not?

Academic really but this is also the first time I have used what I understand to be a proper “limited palette” if not a Zorn palette: Vermillion; Alizarin Crimson (for lake); cadmium yellow; yellow ochre; french ultramarine; van dyck brown; cinnabar green (for emerald); lamp black and titanium white

Hope you like it.

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2 Responses to The Golden Gown

  1. Carrie says:

    I love this painting – nudes are a favourite of mine (female rather than male). The contours of the body, particularly the décolleté area – simply stunning. I want to know what she is thinking, who she is, where she is. Wonderful!

  2. Ian says:

    Thanks for that Carrie. I appreciate it. I could tell you who she really is of course, but that would be pointless. I’m glad the illusion has worked in this case though and excited the imagination – which is the point. Thanks for posting. Ian

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