Monday, August 11, 2008

“Ideal - According To Pajou” 6x6

Oil on Hardboard

This painting is a depiction of a portion of the terra cotta sculpture “Ideal Female Head” by the Frenchman Augustin Pajou 1770. The bust was designed as a model for a gilt wood console ornament on a balcony for the Salle de l'Opéra at the royal palace at Versailles. This elaborate theater was being newly renovated in preparation for the wedding of Marie-Antoinette and the Dauphin. The sculpture is part of the permanent collection at the Getty.

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    Blogger Manuela Valenti said...

    Breathtaking!... Just spectacular!

    6:36 AM  
    Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

    A wonderfully dramatic painting!

    4:21 PM  
    Blogger Jeffrey Hayes said...

    Beautiful, M. These sculpture paintings are really intriguing.

    9:12 PM  
    Blogger Todd Bonita said...

    Hi M,

    Thanks for the nice comments, I've been away but was happy to return and see another stunner from your sight. Gorgeous color changes and powerful composition...I think this is a great subject matter for you, particularly the way you crop and select point-of-view. Excellent work!

    10:46 AM  
    Blogger Mary Firth said...

    One of the (many) wonderful things about your work is your beautifully strong composition. Also love the warm tones on the right side of the painting.

    7:07 AM  

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