Saturday, April 7, 2018

Nadine with a Cigarette

A new painting of Nadine ...around the twelfth time she's made an appearance in my work since 1974; usually she's alone, though in four paintings she's with other figures. Since I'm counting, this is also the ninth painting I've done of a single individual smoking.

Nadine with a Cigarette
9 1/2" x 7", oil on linen, 2018

Three earlier paintings of Nadine:

Nadine with Espresso
24" x 17", oil on linen, 1998
Private Collection, New York

Nadine's New Dress
6" x 4", oil on linen, 2009

Nadine with Two Demons
1/2" x 4 1/2", oil on linen, 1998
Private Collection, England

And here's one time when - by way of three posters on a wall - she was transformed into a chanteuse:

The French Singer
28" x 36", oil on linen, 1998
Private Collection, New York

1 comment:

  1. It's a distinct pleasure to welcome back Nadine. She always seems so comfortable in her own skin; wonderfully uncompromising and slightly dangerous. For whatever reason she always reminds me of Cleopatra, also not a woman to be trifled with. Perhaps it's the hair, or at least the cut Elizabeth Taylor sported in the movie.

    The colors mirror her confidence: bone black and sunset red, softened by lime and sage greens and ochre. Defining space, creating accents, producing effects of rhythm and movement whether in the clothes Nadine wears or in the straight lines or geometric shapes of the paintings' background.

    She is one of my favorite subjects, Andrew, so thank you for bringing her back to vibrant life once more.

    - G.S.



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