Elizabeth Kleinveld & E Paul Julien
E2 portraits Q1 2013
Kleinveld & Julien’s E2 concept While working together on the Before During After project (Louisiana Photographer’s Respond to Hurricane Katrina), photographers Kleinveld & Julien decided to embark on a new body of work in response to the inequalities which were exposed during Hurricane Katrina but have yet to be fully addressed. Kleinveld & Julien, both from New Orleans and working under the artist name (E2), aim to bring about a discussion on the consequences of stereotypes and how they can lead to prejudice and discrimination. In order to bring about this dialogue, E2 decided to take iconic images from paintings, photography, film and even literature and remake them with a twist. Beginning with the Flemish Primitives and spanning almost 600 years of art history, this series is done in conjunction with the Dutch National Theatre, which generously provides many of the costumes, wigs and props for the historical images. Highlights of the series include works based on the following artists: van Eyck, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Fragonard, David, and Manet. E2 has also developed a coat of arms, playing with the traditional symbol of the aristocracy and giving it a completely new meaning. E2’s coat has their logo in the middle with the fleur de lis on top (which stands for New Orleans), two pelicans on either side (the symbol of Louisiana) and a ribbon gracing the shield, with the phrase: In Empathy We Trust. This idea came about after they were inspired by the work of Claire du Duras, who wrote Ourika in 1824. This novella was one of the first times in history that a writer tried to put themselves in the shoes of someone from another race or culture. E2 hopes that their work will ask the viewer to do the same.
Ode to van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man (Self-Portrait?) Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man (Self-Portrait?), 1433 Collection of The National Gallery, London As the Middle Ages came to a close, Jan van Eyck brought about an artistic revolution. As a young man, the prevailing artistic style was International Gothic, otherwise known as the Beautiful Style. While this style was very elegant, it lacked the depth and three-dimensionality for which Van Eyck is known. In the past making distinction between different objects was usual shown with color, yet Van Eyck’s style enabled the viewer to identify objects according to their physical properties. For example, fabrics looked soft, metal appeared hard and skin seemed almost tangible. Van Eyck’s ability to paint tiny objects as well as distant scenes was so unique because of his use of light and reflection. Although many credit Van Eyck as the founder of oil painting, this is not true. Oil painting had been around for some time, since painters were using it to emulate the effect of enameling as they built up layers of thin and translucent paint. The ability to layer allowed Van Eyck to create complex shadows, creating lighting patterns as they appear in nature. Indeed, Van Eyck’s work looked so real that one critic noted that it lacked, ‘only a voice.’ This work, often called Portrait of a Man in a Turban, is thought to be a self-portrait. While there is no direct evidence for this, the sitter’s dress is appropriate for a man of Van Eyck’s position. While the headdress is actually a chaperon, which has the ends hanging down, it would have been sensible to tie them up while he was painting. E Paul Julien of E2 portrays Van Eyck in this self-portrait. The original work, which hangs at the National Gallery, is framed in its original frame. At the top there’s a motto in Greek, which reads, “I do as I can.” This motto appears in other of Van Eyck’s paintings. At the bottom is inscribed, “Jan Van Eyck made me on October 21st, 1433.”
Ode to Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage, 1434 Collection of The National Gallery, London The Northern Renaissance, ushered in by Jan van Eyck, replaced the Beautiful Style, which had dominated European art until 1425. Van Eyck popularized the use of oil painting. Tempera, which had been the traditional source for painters until that time, dried more quickly and did not allow for the brilliance of color or delicate nuances that layering with (wet) oil paint enables. While not the first to employ this new technique, van Eyck’s use of the medium took it to new heights, allowing for complex shadows and lighting to appear as it does in nature. His work looked so real that one critic noted that it lacked, ‘only a voice.’ Van Eyck is first recorded in 1422 as working for the Count of Holland, John of Bavaria in The Hague. Van Eyck moved to Bruges to work for the Duke of Burgundy, Phillip the Good, who was the Godfather to one of van Eyck’s children. Bruges was one of the principle artistic centers of Europe and it was here where van Eyck was commissioned to create the Arnolfini portrait. The work is often known as the Arnolfini Marriage and yet there is some controversy over this interpretation, as more recent scholars believe that his wife (Giovanna di Nicolao) had died in childbirth by the time this double portrait was finished in 1434. Regardless, this work is thought to be one of the first double fulllength portraits in the North. Arnolfini, a silk merchant from Tuscany, was the Medici representative in Bruges. In this work, van Eyck portrays all of Arnolfini’s wealth and power—his huge black fur hat, the lavish Anatolian rug, and the lapdog that noblewomen of the day had. As much as Van Eyck’s work displays the social status of this couple, he also tells us about the social mores of his day. Giovanna di Nicolao is looking down, in a pose of deference to her husband, a pose, which exudes a humble and pious nature. Unlike the original, E2’s “wife” does not look diminutive or submissive in the least. Indeed, she has an even greater presence than Arnolfini, one that borders on the domineering. * This work was shown in the Ogden Museum New Orleans. 7
Ode to Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Ode to Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man, 1435 Collection of Musee des Beaux-Arts, Chambery Paolo di Dono is called Uccello because of his love of animals, namely birds. Trained in the style of Ghiberti’s workshop, Uccello spent the bulk of his career in Florence. His style is distinctive of the early Renaissance and shows a wonderful mix of traditions as Uccello combined Gothic art with more realistic work, using Roman block letters to emphasize the link with ancient Roman. What does this inscription say? The end does all, meaning that if you live a good life, your soul will be judged well at the final reckoning. This was an important reminder to future generations to live a life of virtue. In trying to integrate artistic form with scientific precision, Uccello studied animals and plants rigorously. However, it was the way in which he rendered space in accordance with the mathematical rules of perspective for which he is truly known. In his day he was often seen an eccentric mathematician rather than a painter. Uccello is now admired for the power of his form, his witty imagination and coloring. But it is for his love of perspective that he will be remembered the most, for it is said, “Uccello went off his head with his love of perspective.”
Ode to Van der Weyden’s Portrait of a Lady Shot in 2013 in Amsterdam Inspired by Van der Weyden’s Portrait of a Lady, 1460 Collection of the National Gallery, Washington D.C. Rogier van der Weyden is considered one of the most influential European artists of his time. Born in 1399 in Tournai, he apprenticed with Robert Campin before becoming the master of the painters’ guild in Tournai in 1432. Three years later he had moved to Brussels and by 1436 he had been appointed the city’s official painter. Van der Weyden is well known for both his portraits and religious paintings. Most of the portraits show a sitter in the three-quarter view in the bust-length size popularized by van Eyck. It has been said that Van Eyck observed things in a way that no painter had observed them before and that Rogier expressed the emotions of his subjects in such a convincing manner that no painter has replicated. Indeed, his subjects exude a bittersweet quality in an intimate manner. Rogier seems to have employed numerous assistants. His work was so popular that it was exported to Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Indeed, Van der Weyden’s work was sought after by the Este court in Ferrara, as well as the Medici’s in Florence. In Portrait of a Lady, we see a bit more of the face of the sitter than shown before in the three-quarter pose. The subject of this portrait has not yet been identified, but her aristocratic bearing is evident. Unlike the rich colors, which previously adorned aristocratic portraits, Van der Weyden chooses a dark background, which appeals to our modern taste. The somber dark colors are broken by a red accent, her red and gold waistband. Not only does the sitter’s dress show a change in fashion towards the more sober, but it also highlights her introspective mood. Her hands, which look as if they are resting on a ledge, are smaller than what would be expected for her large head.
Ode to Petrus Christus’ Portrait of a Young Woman Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Petrus Christus’ Portrait of a Young Woman, ca 1468 Collection of Gemaldegalerie, Berlin Born in 1410, Christus worked in Bruges, a wealthy city ruled by the dukes of Burgundy. Petrus Christus is the only known follower of Jan van Eyck and was responsible for spreading van Eyck’s style. Known for his precise form, his play with lines, and lighting, Christus’ work can be distinguished by its extreme clarity. Like van Eyck, Christus’ portraits show the eyes of the sitter looking at the viewer. Yet what is different is the attention that is given to the space that surrounds the sitter, as can be seen in Portrait of a Young Lady, where the lines in the walls come together, which adds depth to the work. But one of the things that makes this work so compelling are the shadows on the right, giving the viewer a feeling of being part of the scene. E2 takes this traditional Flemish Primitive, and remakes it with someone from another continent, namely Asia, and yet, the subtle tension between the serene pose and intense gaze of the young woman is still present.
Ode to Botticelli’s Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder Shot in 2012 in Verona with Fiorese. Background illustrated by Marco Ventura. Inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder, 1474 Collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. His father Mariano Filipepi found his son Alessandro so restless that he apprenticed him to a friend, a goldsmith named Botticelli. During that time, goldsmiths and painters maintained very close connections so it was not long before Sandro showed his interest in painting. Before moving on to study under Lippi in the 1460’s, Sandro had taken on Botticelli’s last name. Botticelli’s patron, Lorenzo the Magnificant, brought neo-Platonic culture to Florence at a time that is viewed as the high point of Italian Renaissance. Around the mid-fifteenth century, Numismatics, or the collecting and studying of medals and coins was a favorite interest of the nobility. Indeed, possessing a series of Roman coins showed one’s refinement and love of antiquity. Because of this, Italian nobles often commissioned medals of themselves, depicting them in a style based on the profiles of Roman emperors seen on Roman coins. These medals showed the political values of the nobles and were used as gifts for visiting dignitaries. The medal that Botticelli depicts is of Cosimo the Elder, who is considered the founder of the ruling family of Florence, the Medici. The young man who holds the medal exudes a vague sadness, which was characteristic of Florentine male portraits at that time. In this work E2 recreates the scene of Botticelli but uses the Italian Euro with Da Vinci on it instead. Botticelli might not have been to found of this move for Da Vinci was his rival and made no bones about the fact that he found Botticelli’s landscapes ‘dismal.’ The focus on the Euro alludes to the current economic crisis, especially the upheaval in Euroland. Will the stronger currencies continue to support the weaker ones? Or will the madness of the crowd take over, making stereotypes about the different European nationalities run so rampant that they ultimately lead to a destabilization of the currency? 15
Ode to Memling’s Vanity Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Hans Memling’s Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, 1485 Collection of Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg Memling was born around Frankfurt around 1440. Despite being German, Memling is very much linked to the center of the art world in Bruges. Vasari cites that Memling was one of Rogier van der Weyden’s pupils and indeed, many of his compositions seem to have been taken from his master. Yet his talent resided in his ability to temper the intensity of van der Weyden’s style, imbuing his work with a sense of calm and balance. Van Eyck’s influence can also be seen in his work, in particular in his expression of texture, light and color. A contemporary stated of Memling that, “he was for a short while the greatest painter in the whole of Christendom.” Indeed, records in Bruges indicate that he was one of the city’s wealthiest citizens. Memling influenced the work of both local and foreign artists including Gerard David and Giovanni Bellini. In this piece, E2 focuses on the central panel of the Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation. The woman who appreciates her nudity in the mirror is said to represent vanity and lust. In the original triptych, she is surrounded by Death on one said and a devil on the other, warning the viewer of the consequences of giving into temptation.
Ode to Memling’s Diptych with the Allegory of True Love Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Hans Memling’s Diptych with the Allegory of True Love, 1485-90 Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Memling was born around Frankfurt around 1440. Despite being German, Memling is very much linked to the center of the art world in Bruges. Vasari cites that Memling was one of Rogier van der Weyden’s pupils and indeed, many of his compositions seem to have been taken from his master. Yet his talent resided in his ability to temper the intensity of van der Weyden’s style, imbuing his work with a sense of calm and balance. Van Eyck’s influence can also be seen in his work, in particular in his expression of texture, light and color. A contemporary stated of Memling that, “he was for a short while the greatest painter in the whole of Christendom.” Indeed, records in Bruges indicate that he was one of the city’s wealthiest citizens. Memling influenced the work of both local and foreign artists including Gerard David and Giovanni Bellini. This work was considered a portrait until scholars realized that it was originally accompanied by a work of the same size residing in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The young woman is dressed in the manner of the Burgundian Court of the 1470’s and her face corresponds to Memling’s idealized female. Originally conceived as a continuous scene separated by the frame, on the left panel we see a woman holding a carnation, which symbolizes betrothal. On the right panel a grinning monkey sits upon a white horse, symbolizing the lust, selfishness and sinfulness of a bad lover only concerned with their own gratification. Next to the white horse is a brown horse, which gazes lovingly at the young woman, symbolizing devotion and faithfulness. Together the animals represent the noble and ignoble sides of man’s passion.
Ode to Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, 1490-96 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Known for his quote, “the painter is not worth praising if he is not a universal man,” Leonardo da Vinci is considered the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance. Having left over 3000 pages of notebook entries, showing his knowledge of a vast array of subjects including, math, geometry, engineering to anatomy, architecture, town planning and botany, da Vinci is responsible for establishing the idea of the artist as a creative thinker and not only a craftsman. Indeed, he did much to raise the status of Renaissance artists, focusing on their source of inspiration and universal genius more than their technical craftsmanship. That said it was in painting where he was able to really synthesize his knowledge. From 1482, da Vinci settled in Milan, until its capture by the French in 1499. Thereafter, he wandered for a few years before returning to Florence for a few years. He worked for many of Italy’s prominent families, including the Sforza’s, Borgia’s and de Medici’s. Annoyed by constant comparisons to Raphael and Michelangelo, who were younger than he, da Vinci accepted Francois I’s offer to move to France, where he achieved the emulation and honors that he’d been looking for. The range of gesture and expression in da Vinci’s is considered to be unprecedented. La belle Ferronière is thought to be the mistress of Francois I of France, who was married to a Le Ferron.The model for E2’s rendition is from China and is also the model for the portrait of Francois I. Please change to: The model for E2’s rendition is the Chinese artist, Ran Zhang, who is in many other works in this series.
Ode to the Master of Frankfurt’s Self-Portrait with his Wife Shot in 2013 in Amsterdam Inspired by the Meester van Frankfurt’s Self-Portrait with his Wife, 1496 Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp The origins and identity of the Master of Frankfurt are not certain. While it was originally believed that he came from Frankfurt, it is now thought that he was from modern Belgium and had patrons in Frankfurt. The Master of Frankfurt is the name that Heinrich Weizsacker gave to identify the artist who made two altarpieces for clients in Frankfurt. His work shows stylistic similarity with the work of both Hugo van der Goes and Rogier van der Weyden. Most scholars now believe him to be Hendrik van Wueluwe, who was active in Antwerp between 1480 and 1518. In fact, van Wueluwe was the Dean of the famous artist guild, the Guild of Saint Luke, for six terms. In fact, in the work The Altarpiece of the relationship of the Holy Virgin, you see the same face that is present in other work that was made in Antwerp. Two of these works can be found in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, The Festival of the Archers and The Portrait of the Artist and his Wife, which shows the shield of the Guild of Saint Luke. In this double portrait, dated in 1496, the artist writes his age and that of his wife in the frame. He is said to be 36 years old and she is 27 years old, hence we surmise that he was born in 1460. The table is frugally laid with bread, a plate of cherries, two cups and a vase of flowers. The painter exudes a pleased bearing as his wife presents him with a small violet. While his arm is wrapped around his wife’s waist, he looks out of the painting, as if he is trying to engage the viewer. In addition, the life-size flies, called trompe l’oeil flies, were put into paintings as part of a larger religious belief of that time in which all of God’s creatures, including ones as small as flies, were seen to represent the goodness of God. This artist portrait is one of the earliest double portraits in a single frame in the Netherlands and was first reported to be in the possession of Margaret of Austria as of 1516. E2 remakes this work with two artists who were in residency at the Rijksakademie in 2012, one from Germany, Philipp Kremer and the other from China, Ran Zhang.
Ode to Albrecht Dürer’s Self-portrait, 1496 Shot in 2013 in Amsterdam Inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait, 1496 Collection of the Prado, Madrid Albrecht Dürer is seen not only as one of the most important artists of the European Renaissance but also as one of the primary intellectuals. Dürer who grew up in Nuremberg was obsessed with precision and his search for beauty is at the center of his work. He even does this by investigating his own temperament. Dürer, whose father was a goldsmith, also apprenticed to be a goldsmith and painter. Yet by the time he was 15, his talent for painting was evident and he apprenticed with the most important painter in Nuremberg in 1486. After a few years of training, Dürer traveled North of the Alps to Basel where he worked as an illustrator. He returned to Nuremberg at 23 to marry, yet three months after his return the plague broke out so he traveled to Italy, spending most of his time in Venice. In this work, Dürer portrays himself as a member of the upper middle class with his elegant dress and posture. This type of formal portrait with a window opening onto a beautiful landscape shows the extensive influence of Italian Renaissance portraiture on his work. In the year before this painting was made Dürer replaced his signature with a monogram consisting of a D enshrined by an A in Gothic script. We know that he painted this piece when he was 26, as he wrote under the window, “I painting this according to my image/when I was 26 years old.” E2 uses a woman in this portrait to portray Durer.
Ode to Raphael’s Portrait of a Cardinal Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Raphael’s Portrait of a Cardinal, 1509-10 Collection of the Prado, Madrid Born in Urbino in 1483 as Raffaello Santi, the man the world knows as Raphael, saw himself as a man of culture and not just an artisan. Raphael’s immense talent enabled him to create striking narratives in his compositions. And yet it is not only his artistic talent which helped him to achieve such great heights but also his social skills and prestige. Raphael was an exceptionally social and intelligent person, who was as gifted in his talent for organization as he was for painting. During his twelve years in Rome, he received prestigious commissions from Pope Julius II as well as from the wealthy banker, Agostino Chigi. Raphael’s talent for portraiture can be seen from his earliest works. This portrait of a Cardinal is considered a masterpiece and was made in the first year of his sojourn in Rome. The Cardinal projects a formal and aloof air, which gives him an aura of being untouchable. In this work, E2 plays with his aloof disposition. On the one hand the sitter exudes an air of distance and detachment and on the other he gives away part of himself showing his support of Italy during the Olympics.
Ode to Albrecht Durer’s Self-portrait, 1500 Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Albrecht Durer’s Self-Portrait, 1500 Collection of the Alte Pinakothek, Munich This self-portrait is considered to be his most famous one as it shows him in a frontal pose like the savior. Again, we see a man with carefully styled hair and immaculate dress, a man who exudes a confidence about his position as an artist and intellectual of international renown. He was visited by important intellectuals including Jacopo de Barbari, who came to Nuremberg in 1500 to share his views about the theory of proportion. After de Barbari’s visit Durer wanted to travel to Bologna to see the Franciscan monk Luca Pacioli. By 1506 Durer was in Venice again and was so well received that he said, “here I am a gentlemen, at home I am a parasite.” Indeed he was so famous that even the Doge had come to see his work. Durer was likened to Leonardo because of his continuous intellectual curiosity. Yet, while Leonardo looked to the world around him Durer’s focus was inward, exploring his personality and soul. Durer produced a number of theoretical writings in which he shared his aesthetic principles. His first publication, Treatise on Measurement was published in 1525, followed by Treatise on City Fortification in 1527 and four books on proportions published in 1528. In addition he had worked on an unfinished manuscript The Book on Painting. These publications show Durer’s vast interest in different fields and are an inseparable part to his work. Indeed, without these writings the depth of his work can’t be fully appreciated.
Ode to Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus Shot in New Orleans in 2012, background painted by Marco Ventura Inspired by Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus, 1510 (completed after his death) Collection of Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Giorgione, the nickname for Giorgio da Castelfranco, means Big George. This name alludes not only to his physical appearance but also his intellectual stature, which links him to da Vinci as being one of the founders of “modern painting.” Trained by Bellini, Vasari believed that Giorgione’s talent event surpassed that of his master, whom the Venetians highly revered. Vasari says that Giorgione’s living forms and representations were so well harmonized and subtly shaded that many of his peers said that he had been born in order to infuse life into painted figures. His legacy can also be seen in his subtle use of color. It is said that Giorgione’s, “Sleeping Venus” founded the tradition of the female reclining nude. Because of his early death due to the plague, Giorgione’s student, Titian, finished the work, painting the background. E2’s version of the piece shows a model who is not an idealized version of beauty and sensuality, but rather a woman well into her forties. Having made her career in the circus, E2 brings up a number of stereotypes that lead to discrimination, ranging from age discrimination to career choice to body art (both tattoos and piercings).
Ode to Metsys’ Moneylenders Shot in 2013 in Amsterdam Inspired by Quentin Metsys’ The Moneylenders, 1514 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Quentin Metsys (also spelled Massys) is said to be the most important painter who worked in Antwerp in the beginning of the 16th century. Born in Leuven in 1466, he went to Antwerp to become a painter in the guild of painters in 1491. Considered to be one of the foremost artists of his day by Erasmus and Sir Thomas More, he was visited by Albrecht Durer in 1520. Metsys’ most popular work today is the Moneylenders, which is also known as the Banker and his wife. Many of the artists of his day used satire and allegory in the works and with the influence of his humanist patrons this was also the case for Metsys. In fact it is thought that Metsys was inspired by a work that Van Eyck painted in 1440, representing a merchant with his accounts. What we see in this work is a couple is leaning on a table filled with coins, a circular mirror, a Book of Hours, and a ring holder. In the convex mirror we see a thief spying on the couple as the man counts their riches and his wife is transfixed by the gold, oblivious to the thief, a clear allusion to being blinded by greed. Though the original frame no longer exists, it is recorded to have cited a passage from Leviticus stating, “just balances, just weights…shall ye have.”
Ode to Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti, c.a. 1515 Collection of the National Gallery, Washington, DC Born in Urbino in 1483 as Raffaello Santi, the man the world knows as Raphael, saw himself as a man of culture and not just an artisan. Raphael’s immense talent enabled him to create striking narratives in his compositions. And yet it is not only his artistic talent which helped him to achieve such great heights but also his social skills and prestige. These qualities helped him to endow aristocratic sitters with both a psychological complexity and a physical presence that would become highly influential in the work of future portraitists. Inspired by Venetian motifs, Raphael experimented with their sensual qualities, employing a style reminiscent of da Vinci and Giorgione, in which the sitter is partially turned away from the viewer while still looking at the viewer. The subject of this portrait is Bindo Altoviti, who came from a thriving family of Florentine bankers. Altoviti took over the Roman arm of the business at the age of 16 when his father died. Although the exact date of this work is not known, it was most likely commissioned a year after his marriage in 1511, when he would have been about 20 years old. There is a soft and inviting quality in Altoviti’s mysterious yet penetrating gaze. Indeed, depicting a beacon of society in such a sensual manner was unusual and it is precisely this psychological complexity, which has captivated admirers of Raphael’s work. E2 has taken out some of the subtle shading, which makes Raphael’s portrait so compelling. For while the idea of a Renaissance man was popular in Raphael’s time, today it would be harder to find an artist depicting a banker sitting in such a soft repose. Altoviti’s hardened gaze in the E2 portrait makes him a lot less approachable and complex than Raphael’s version. In so doing, E2 has served up the stereotype of a banker in the 21st century. With the backlash against the banking industry we are experiencing today, bankers are branded as arrogant, self-serving, manipulators of the public and establishment (regulators, law makers, politicians, etc.). And yet this narrow view of bankers does not help us to solve the current economic crisis, a crisis in which the Banks had a substantial role, but not the only one. By stereotyping and making scapegoats out of this group, we take away our own responsibility to understand how our behavior and lifestyle may have contributed to this crisis as well. * This work was shown in the Ogden Museum New Orleans.
Ode to Titian’s Flora Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Titian’s Flora, 1516-18 Collection of the Uffizi, Florence Tiziano Vecelli, commonly known as Titian, lived in Venice from 1487-1576 and was trained in the studio of Giovanni Bellini. When Bellini died in 1516, Titian became the official painter to the Venetian Republic. Indeed, Titian’s renown was vast and his work was commissioned by the most preeminent kings and nobles of his day, including Francois I of France, Philip II of Spain, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and Pope Paul III. His studio was prolific, producing several thousand works. Titian not only displayed a technical brilliance but also a likeable character. His talent for portraiture showed already at a young age as he was able to endow his sitters with both self-assurance and sensitivity. In this image, we see a young woman whose linen chemise is slipping off her shoulder. Her hand is full of a mix of flowers, linking her to the Roman goddess of flowers and springtime. While there was a long tradition of linking the name Flora to courtesans, many paintings similar to this one were intended to be wedding gifts, only for the couple’s appreciation. As such the woman is portrayed to be desirable and virtuous, two qualities of the ideal wife. In this work the sitter appears lost in thought, relaxed with just the slightest hint of temptation. In this work, like so many of Titian’s sensual paintings the viewer feels as if they are intimately connected with the subject, desiring her on the one hand and appreciating her personality on the other. It is long thought that the model, who appears in a number of his works, was his mistress, Cecilia, who later became his wife. She is endowed with his trademark image of beauty, a woman with long strawberry blond locks. E2’s rendition shows a dark skinned beauty, whose ability to produce the same pose and presence takes us back almost five hundred years.
Ode to Holbein’s Jane Seymour Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Holbein’s Jane Seymour, 1536-37 Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Hans Holbein is a German painter, who is celebrated as one of the greatest portraitists of all times. After training with his father, Hans Holbein the Elder in Augsburg, Hans went to Basel where he worked first as a designer for printers. In 1516 he painted portraits of the mayor of Basel, Jacob Meyer and his wife. It was in Basel where he befriended Erasmus, whom he painted three times in 1523. In 1526 he left for England, after Erasmus introduced him to Sir Thomas More. Although More was one of Holbein’s patrons, by the time this work was painted both he and Anne Boleyn had been executed. Known for his flattering portraits, Henry brought Holbein on board by 1536 and he stayed in the King’s household until his death of plague in 1543. Henry’s favorite wife, Jane Seymour died soon after childbirth in 1537. In early 1536 Henry became interested in Jane, who had been the maidof-honour to both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. While Jane was said to have a child-like face, there is nothing of that look in the original Holbein, in which she appears to be stiff almost to the point of rigidity. It is this regal yet rigid countenance that E2 recreates, but with a model from China who has a few modern touches, including the nail polish that she wears.
Ode to Titianâ€™s Venus of Urbino Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam. Background illustrated by Marco Ventura Inspired by Titianâ€™s Venus of Urbino, 1538 Collection of Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence Tiziano Vecelli, commonly known as Titian, who lived in Venice from 1487-1576, was trained in the studio of Giovanni Bellini. When Bellini died in 1516, Titian became the official painter to the Venetian Republic. Indeed, Titianâ€™s renown was vast and his work was commissioned by the most preeminent kings and nobles of his day, including Francois I of France, Philip II of Spain, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and Pope Paul III. His studio was prolific, producing several thousand works. Of all the female nudes in the history of painting, the Venus of Urbino is probably one of those whom has commanded the most attention from writers. Why? Because she unabashedly parades her nudity. What provokes the viewer is her unflinching gaze as her left hand lightly rests on her sex. Indeed the roses in her right hand are thought to symbolize the pleasure she is affording herself. The color of her hair, a golden red, appeared in so much of his work that it was coined, Titian hair. Titian was also known for the way he depicted life through colored light and was also instrumental in establishing oil paint as a widely accepted medium, which he applied in expansive brush strokes, sometimes using his fingers to give the work a final touch. What is interesting about this piece is that E2 has made it a mixed media photograph, having the original photograph painted on to show the background of the original work. Furthermore, the model does not have Titian hair because she is of Thai and Norwegian decent.
Ode to Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Angolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man 1540 Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Angolo di Cosimo, nick named Bronzino, meaning bronze colored, was a pupil of Pontormo. Known for his sophisticated mannerist style and great technical merit, Bronzino was also a talented poet, who composed verses in Petrarch’s style. Connected to the aristocratic and intellectual elite of Florence, Bronzino painted various portraits and devotional works for them. In 1539 he became the court painter for Cosimo I. It is said that his most personal portraits are of the literary figures of his day. This work, which is considered to be one of Bronzino’s greatest portraits, is an excellent example of the mannerist style. The sitter looks at us yet gives nothing away, almost daring us to discover who he really is. He radiates elegance and detachment, poise and distance. On the one hand he draws us in and yet he holds us at bay, closing off his true nature just as the book he holds is closed. Similarly the E2 version of Bronzino’s work shows a youth with a face that is porcelain-hard, one that gives nothing away. Like the original version, a ring of light forms an oval around the sitter’s face, giving it a mask-like quality. What we see here is definitely not what we get.
Ode to Sofonisba Anguissola’s Self-portrait Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Sofonisba Anguissola’s Self-portrait, 1554 Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Born in Cremona in 1532 to a member of minor Genose nobility, Sofonisba was the first woman to be noted internationally for her artistic achievements. Indeed, Vasari says that Sofonisba “has shown greater application and better grace than any other woman of our age in her endeavors at drawing; she has thus succeeded not only in drawing, coloring and painting from nature, and copying excellently from others, but by herself has created rare and very beautiful paintings.” Sofonisba’s talent was also recognized by Michelangelo and when she was 90, she was visited by Van Dyck. Sofonisba’s portraits in the 1550’s show a physiognomy typical of the Lombard tradition. Some of her finest works are her self-portraits and portraits of her family. In this self-portrait, the 22 year-old Sofonisba is simply dressed and holds a book with her name in Latin, which says, Sofonisba Anguissola, a virgin, made this herself in 1554. In so doing, Sofonisba presents herself as a chaste artist with a love of poetry, showing her level of education and her serious nature. Indeed her serious and thoughtful nature, indicate a rich inner life. Her use of a mirror, for which her father, Amilcare alludes to in a letter to the Duke of Ferrara, is evident due to her wide open eyes, the fixity of her gaze and the disproportional features on her face. E2 has recreated this work to pay homage to female artists who have often had to struggle for acknowledgement. The photograph was made together with photographer Mauro Fiorese, whose wife, painter, Pamela Grigiante, poses as Sofonisba.
Ode to Anguissola’s Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Sofonisba’s Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola , 1558-9 Collection of Pinacoteca Nazionale, Sienna Born in Cremona to an aristocratic family, Sofonisba was the oldest of her parent’s seven children. Like Sofonisba, her other sisters were also painters, but it was Sofonisba who truly distinguished herself as an artist. Sofonisba was the first woman to be noted internationally for her artistic achievements. After studying with Bernardino Campi from 1546-1549, Sofonisba went to Spain to work at Philip II’s court in 1559, where she stayed for ten years. Sofonisba’s portraits are also known for their psychological investigation, including her self-portraits, which often show an image of a cultured woman cognizant of her own abilities. This work, created immediately before her departure to Spain shows a more mature Sofonisba. Sofonisba as the pupil dominates the scene as she plays homage to her master. This image shows a complexity of thinking and a sophisticated play of spatial illusion. E2 has recreated this work to pay homage to female artists who have often had to struggle for acknowledgement. The photograph was made together with photographer Mauro Fiorese, who also poses as Bernardino Campi and his wife, painter, Pamela Grigiante as Sofonisba.
Ode to the Pinching D’Estrées Sisters Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by an anonymous artist of the Fontainebleau School’s Presumed Portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées and Her Sister, the Duchess of Villars, circa 1594 Collection of the Louvre, Paris One of the ways to challenge stereotypes is to take iconic images and change them a bit. This portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées and her sister, a work that has been a favorite at the Louvre for years, does not need a lot of changing to stir questions in the viewer’s mind. The artist who created this work is unknown, however it is clearly from the Fontainebleau School as the women are depicted in their bathtub, an obvious allusion to the theme of Venus, the Goddess of love. This type of portrait was fashionable in aristocratic circles and most found the subject matter pleasing as it usually shared an intimate view of the daily life of the sitters. However this intimate view is anything but ordinary and that is precisely what drew us to remake this piece. One of the subtle changes that we made is to have the woman who is sewing in the background look directly at the viewer, which a servant would have never done in the late 1500’s. Gabrielle d’ Estrées was one of Henry IV’s favorite mistresses. She was pregnant with his son when this work was painted and hence the pinch of her nipple refers to the child, which will soon drink the mother’s milk. Yet, without the knowledge of the original, the viewer wonders what is going on. And so the questioning begins, which at the end of the day we hope will lead to a discussion of the effects of stereotypes. * Ode to the Pinching D’Estrées Sisters was in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s Summer Exhibition in 2012
Peeter Stevens’ Love Interest Shot in 2009 in Amsterdam Inspired by Willem van Haecht’s The Art Cabinet of Cornelis van der Geest, 1628 Collection of Rubenshuis, Antwerp In 1626 Van Haecht became the live-in curator of Cornelis van der Geest, one the Antwerp’s most distinguished patrons and art collectors. In The Art Cabinet of Cornelis van der Geest, the owner shows the pride and joy of his collection to the artistic elite of Antwerp, including Archdukes Albert and Isabella, Nicolaas Rockox, Jan van de Wouwer, and Peeter Stevens, seen leaning against the table holding up a portrait miniature. Each painting in the room is a precise copy of the original work. Our information about Van der Geest’s collection largely rests on Van Haeccht’s gallery paintings since no written inventory has survived of the collection. After Van der Geest’s death his collection was dispersed and many of his paintings ended up in the collection of Peeter Stevens, who was known to have a less “modern” taste in painting and favored Old Netherlandish paintings.
Ode to de la Tour’s Penitent Magdalen Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Georges de la Tour’s Penitent Magdalen, 1638-43 Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Georges de la Tour was born in 1593 in a small French town just twenty miles from Nancy. A painter in the Baroque tradition, he’s considered to be a Dutch Caravaggisti and is often compared to the Dutch painter Hendrick Terbrugghen. De la Tour is best known for his use of lighting in nocturnal scenes, which he took further than his predecessors. The work developed later in his career shows a greater stillness and simplicity. Although he was appointed the position of court painter, after his death in 1652, his work was largely forgotten. He was rediscovered in 1915 when German scholar, Hermann Voss, discovered some of his work, which had been confused with Vermeer. In the Penitent Magdalene, we see Mary just before her conversion. She has just cast aside her jewels to the ground, giving up the materialism of her worldly life in search for a more spiritual existence. The skull may suggest the death of her old life as she ponders her conversion. Looking contemplatively into the flame, which gives the work a mysterious quality, she ponders her new illumination.
Ode to Velázquez’ Venus at her Mirror Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by Velazquez’ Venus at her Mirror, 1647-51 Collection of the National Gallery, London Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velázquez was born in Seville in 1599 and was quickly recognized as a child prodigy. His career took off after he was appointed the court painter to Philip IV in 1623, in whose palace he enjoyed having his studio and gallery. Although the portrayal of nudes was officially discouraged due to the Spanish Inquisition, Velázquez was protected and able to carry out the commission of Venus at her Mirror due to his relationship with the King. It remains the only surviving female nude by Velázquez due to the rarity of nudes in 17th century Spanish art. Velázquez was inspired to paint Venus at her Mirror after his visits to Italy. Painted in the Venetian Renaissance style, its all-pervasive theme is reflection. Venus reflects on her beauty, reflected in the mirror; since we can dimly see her face, we know that our face can be seen by her, and she may be thought to reflect on the effect her beauty has on us. Venus is pictured reclining with her back to the viewer – in antiquity, portrayal of Venus from a back view was a common visual and literary erotic motif. Velázquez’ Venus, however, is not portrayed as in traditional depictions: she has no jewelry, roses, myrtle, or blond hair. The only way to identify the woman as Venus is because of the presence of her son, Cupid. E2 has substituted cupid for a hand with a ring with wings on it and made an interesting change with the face the model sees looking back at her in the mirror. * This work was shown in the CAC and Ogden Museum in New Orleans.
Ode to Velázquez’ Juan de Pareja Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Velázquez’ Juan de Pareja, ca.1650 Collection of The Met, New York Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velázquez was born in Seville in 1599 and was quickly recognized as a child prodigy. At 24 his career took off when he was appointed the court painter to Philip IV. Velázquez remained the unchallenged favorite of the King for the rest of his life, enjoying a studio and gallery in the palace. Hailed for his exceptional powers of observation, Velázquez is seen as the greatest Spanish painter of the Seventeenth Century, also known as the golden age of Spanish art. Juan de Pareja, the studio assistant of Velázquez, was actually Velázquez’ slave, a mulatto of Moorish decent, whom Velázquez granted freedom when they were together in Rome (around 1650). Velázquez painted this portrait in preparation for painting the portrait of Pope Innocent X. His portrait of Juan de Pareja was shown in the annual exhibition at the Pantheon. According to Palomino’s biography, one art connoisseur stated “everything else seemed like painting but this alone like truth.” Due to Velázquez’ understated way of painting, he showed that without using many contrasting colors, you could still obtain convincing optical effects by working with variations on the surface. The E2 version while using a similar color palette, does not contain the subtle strength and poised allure of Velázquez’ Juan de Pareja. The Juan de Pareja in E2’s work is more brash and self-confident, exuding almost an air of arrogance, which let’s you know that he is not willing to play a diffident role.
Ode to Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, Woman with a Pearl Necklace, circa 1664 Collection of Gemäldegalerie, Berlin Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite domestic interior scenes of middle class life. In Woman with a Pearl Necklace Vermeer minimized the apparent physical activity of the figure, portraying her at the moment she has the ribbons of her pearl necklace pulled taut. Her thoughts may be inward, but they are expressed through her gaze, which reaches through the stained glass window. The whole space between her and the side wall of the room thus becomes activated with her presence. It is a subtle yet daring composition, one that succeeds because of Vermeer’s acute sensitivity to the placement of objects and to the importance of spaces between these objects.
Ode to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca 1665 Collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague Made in the same year that Rembrandt painted the Jewish Bride, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca 1665) was created at a time in which Vermeer’s contemporaries concentrated on official commissioned portraits or scenes from stories. Because of this, we do not know who the sitters are, but since Vermeer had a large family (11 children), it is often thought that he used one of his children for this piece. Regardless, Vermeer is able to capture the sitter’s youth and seeming shyness or uncertainty in an unforgettable manner. With wide dark eyes and slightly parted lips, and light shining on her face, the girl mesmerizes us with her gaze and immediately we are drawn in. What adds mystery to the piece is that in the seventeenth century, the turban she is wearing would have been seen as a very exotic accessory. Indeed, it is said that this type of portrait (tronies) are more about the exotic strange quality, which allows the observer to use their imagination. E2’s remake of the most talked about of Vermeer’s portraits shows someone from another culture than would have been the case during Vermeer’s time. Yet, like the original, we are intrigued by this woman’s penetrating inquisitive look, a look in which the viewer feels that they are the only one in the world she’s focused on. Again, the aim of this work as part of the E2 portrait series is to challenge our ideas on stereotypes to bring about a dialogue about their consequences. * This work was shown in the Ogden Museum New Orleans.
Ode to Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride Shot in 2012 in Amsterdam Inspired by Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride, ca 1665 Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Made towards the end of his life, the Jewish Bride is one of Rembrandt’s most loved paintings because it exudes an intimacy unknown in Dutch painting until this time. We are touched by the tenderness they express to one another through their gestures, the deep red of the woman’s clothes and by Rembrandt’s enchanting use of light. As work from the E2 series seeks to take existing masters and remake them in a way which asks the viewer to question what is different, odd or out of place in order to discuss stereotypes, so we wanted to remake one of the most iconic images in Dutch art. This image has been the subject of debate over the years. Are we seeing a groom and his bride or a father and his daughter? Regardless of the roles, the tender way in which the man touches the woman’s breast and her light touch in response depicts a deep sense of reverence and love between the two. Instead of having the “bride” be a typical Dutch woman, we chose for someone from a totally different culture, namely Asian. In addition, the couple is not a man and his bride nor a father and daughter but actually two women, which may not be apparent at first glance. * Ode to Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride was in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s Summer Exhibition in 2012
Ode to Gainsborough’s The Linley Sisters Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Gainsborough’s The Linley Sisters, 1772 Collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London Gainsborough has been called “one of the most individual geniuses in British art.” By the time he was 13, he had shown a talent for landscape painting and was sent to London to study under the French engraver, Gravelot, where he was introduced to the French Rococo style. Gainsborough enjoyed experimenting and often combined media that were normally separated, such as chalk and oil. Gainsborough was recognized for the fluid brilliance of his brushstroke. By 1768 he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in London, which was considered quite a feat, as he was the only portraitist who resided outside of London. His main artistic rival was Thomas Reynolds, the consummate professional. Gainsborough was his opposite with a much more easy-going temperament, he was not always punctual in delivering his work. Unlike Reynolds he was not interested in historical or literary themes, for his great passion aside from painting was music. Herein he found a friend in the composer Thomas Linley, who also resided in Bath. This work, which was commissioned by Linley was originally entitled Portrait of Two Young Ladies and was shown at the Royal Academy of Art’s annual exhibition in 1772. Elizabeth and Mary were Linley’s oldest daughters and were talented singers in both Bath and London. Elizabeth had been performing since she was 12 years old and would have been 18 when this work was created. Indeed, by 1772, both sisters were at the pinnacle of their careers. In this work, Gainsborough shows us symbols of their profession. Mary, who is seated, is said to have Tickell’s “A Song of Spring,” which her father set to music, on her lap, while Elizabeth is holding a guitar. In 1772, Elizabeth eloped to France with playwright, Richard Sheridan, however both were underage and had to wait a month to gain father’s consent, which finally came a day after her last public performance. In 1980, Mary married Tickell. Mary gazes precociously towards the viewer, while Elizabeth seems lost in pleasant thoughts. Yet their lives did not end on such a glorious note as this enticing portrait would suggest, for less than twenty years after this portrait was made, they had both died of tuberculosis. E2’s version has Chinese artist, Ran Zhang as Elizabeth Linley and Dutch artist specializing in make-up and wigs, Frederique Nuhaan as Mary Linley. 65
Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Linley Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Gainsborough’s Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Linley, 1775 Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Gainsborough has been called “one of the most individual geniuses in British art.” By the time he was 13, he had shown a talent for landscape painting and was sent to London to study under the French engraver, Gravelot, where he was introduced to the French Rococo style. Gainsborough enjoyed experimenting and often combined media that were normally separated, such as chalk and oil. Gainsborough was recognized for the fluid brilliance of his brushstroke. By 1768 he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in London, which was considered quite a feat, as he was the only portraitist who resided outside of London. His main artistic rival was Thomas Reynolds, the consummate professional. Gainsborough was his opposite with a much more easy-going temperament, he was not always punctual in delivering his work. Unlike Reynolds he was not interested in historical or literary themes, for his great passion aside from painting was music. Herein he found a friend in the composer Thomas Linley, who also resided in Bath. Gainsborough started painting portraits of his friend’s family in the 1760’s. This oval sized portrait, painted three years after the life-sized portrait with her sister Mary, shows how lovely Elizabeth truly was. Her poise shows a wistful young woman of twenty-one, who appears modest and unassuming even though she was considered the best soprano of her day. Having eloped in 1772 with the playwright, Richard Sheridan, her father only consented to the marriage in April 1773. Within a month of her marriage, she had sung for the King, George III, who reportedly told her father that he’d never heard such a fine voice. Although her husband forbade her to sing in public after her father’s approval for the marriage, he was not above parading their courtship on the stage in his comedy The Rivals. Elizabeth gave birth to a son in 1775 and cracks started appearing in their marriage. Indeed her husband had a long affair with Lady Duncannon. By 1790, Elizabeth had fallen in love with the much younger Lord Edward Fitzgerald, to whom she bore a child in 1792. Elizabeth died later that year of tuberculosis. In E2’s version of Elizabeth Linley, Chinese artist Ran Zhang portrays the grace and beauty for which Elizabeth was known. 67
Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of the Honorable Frances Duncombe Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Gainsborough’s Portrait of the Honorable Frances Duncombe, 1777 The Frick Collection, New York Gainsborough has been called “one of the most individual geniuses in British art.” By the time he was 13, he had shown a talent for landscape painting and was sent to London to study under the French engraver, Gravelot, where he was introduced to the French Rococo style. Gainsborough enjoyed experimenting and often combined media that were normally separated, such as chalk and oil. Gainsborough was recognized for the fluid brilliance of his brushstroke. By 1768 he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in London, which was considered quite a feat, as he was the only portraitist who resided outside of London. In this beautiful fancy-dress portrait, we see the Honorable Frances Duncombe at age twenty. The work shows Gainsborough’s admiration for Van Dyck, showing clothing like the tight bodice and hooped skirt, which are reminiscent of the previous century. Probably commissioned by the Earl of Radnor, who had bought other paintings from Gainsborough as their grandeur complemented his Old Master Collection this full-length work has a fairytale quality. Frances gazes to the right with a slight tilt of her chin, her wide blue skirt has been pulled back to reveal an ivory underskirt as she delicately points her foot. A year later, she married John Bowater, who gambled her fortune away, eventually ending up in debtor’s prison. Again we see an aristocratic woman at the height of her beauty and full of promise, whose poor choice in husband seals her fate. As we take in the beauty of these fanciful portraits, we are reminded that a life or lifestyle that looks so full of promise may be easily stripped away.
Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Gainsborough’s Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield, 1778 Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Gainsborough has been called “one of the most individual geniuses in British art.” By the time he was 13, he had shown a talent for landscape painting and was sent to London to study under the French engraver, Gravelot, where he was introduced to the French Rococo style. Gainsborough enjoyed experimenting and often combined media that were normally separated, such as chalk and oil. Gainsborough was recognized for the fluid brilliance of his brushstroke. By 1768 he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in London, which was considered quite a feat, as he was the only portraitist who resided outside of London. When this work was made in the same year that Gainsborough painted the famous courtesan, Grace Dalrymple Elliot, both works received critique. The brush strokes were unfinished, but perhaps it is this quality, which leaves Anne’s dress unresolved that adds to the allure. Some have likened this quality to a metaphoric undressing of the Countess, who was the daughter of a reverend hence such a rendering was thought to add spice to her countenance. With these unfinished strokes, Gainsborough engages the viewer in a tactile way. Not only does Gainsborough seem to capture each woman’s feelings, but the works also invite a prelude to something more. In so doing, Gainsborough’s portraits play with the dynamics linking a woman’s sensuality and social standing in the world of Georgian London.
Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Gainsborough’s Portrait of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot, 1778 Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Gainsborough has been called “one of the most individual geniuses in British art.” By the time he was 13, he had shown a talent for landscape painting and was sent to London to study under the French engraver, Gravelot, where he was introduced to the French Rococo style. Gainsborough enjoyed experimenting and often combined media that were normally separated, such as chalk and oil. Gainsborough was recognized for the fluid brilliance of his brushstroke. By 1768 he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in London, which was considered quite a feat, as he was the only portraitist who resided outside of London. So while the daughter of a reverend is spiced up, notorious courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliot, is spiced down. Indeed, Mrs. Elliot does not exude sexuality but rather sensibility. She covers her bosom delicately with folds of fabric and doesn’t engage the viewer with her gaze. This portrait was commissioned by Mrs. Elliot’s lover, the marquis of Cholmondeley. Anthony van Dyck’s influence can clearly be seen in the elegant pose, fluid rendering and subtle colors in the work. In the decade after this life-sized work was made it was thought to be so cleverly animated that one might mistake it for real life.
Ode to Fragonard’s The Bolt Shot in Amsterdam in 2012 Inspired by Jean-Honore Fragonard’s The Bolt, 1778 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Jean-Honore Fragonard was the most well known pupil of Boucher. He won the Prix de Rome in 1752. Famous for his scenes of frivolity, which captured the ‘fragrant essence’ of aristocratic life in the 18th century, Fragonard’s work embodied the spirit of Rococo. He was a genius in portraying the type of semi-erotic scenes that were favored before the French Revolution. While Fragonard seems to have charmed the aristocracy in Paris with his work, the leading thinkers of the time were not so enthusiastic. French philosopher Diderot, charged Fragonard with being frivolous, stating that he should show, “a little more self-respect.” Fragonard painted this work upon returning from his second trip to Italy. There he spent a lot of time studying the work of the Baroque masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt. Their influence can be seen in his ability to master light and shade, as well as to depict the texture of the materials in fine detail. The Bolt simmers with sexuality and symbolism. We see Eve’s temptation and subsequent fall, alluded to with the apple on the table. This work which has been compared to Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, is much more overt, oozing with sexual urgency. The woman feigns to fight off her lover, yet the scene in the bedroom makes it look as if they have already been tumbling—a chair is turned over, with its legs in the air. The bed is overly present, taking up most of the left composition of the work. In E2’s interpretation, one woman is seducing the other. The woman bolting the door has taken off her gown and is wearing delicate pantaloons. She is holding her lover tight, about to ravish her. In portraying two women as passionate lovers, E2 calls into question the stereotype about sexual orientation.
Ode to Fragonard’s Stolen Kiss Shot in Amsterdam in 2013 Inspired by Jean-Honore Fragonard’s Stolen Kiss, 1788 Collection of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Jean-Honore Fragonard was the most well known pupil of Boucher. He won the Prix de Rome in 1752. Famous for his scenes of frivolity, which captured the ‘fragrant essence’ of aristocratic life in the 18th century, Fragonard’s work embodied the spirit of Rococo. He was a genius in portraying the type of semi-erotic scenes that were favored before the French Revolution. By 1767 he was making almost all of his work for private patrons, including Louis XV’s most loved mistress, Mme du Barry. But his light-hearted style was already becoming outdated and Mme du Barry replaced his work with that of Vien. While he escaped the terror with his life, the French Revolution marked the end of his career. By 1792, he seems to have given up painting. David, who had been helped by Fragonard earlier in his career, helped Fragonard find an administrative job at the newly opened Louvre, where he worked until 1800. Although Fragonard lived another six years in obscurity, he left his mark on other artists, from his sister-in-law, marguerite Gerard, who was one of the best female artists of her time to his greatgranddaughter, Berthe Morisot, who painted with Manet in the decades that followed. The Stolen Kiss, which depicts a young man in the act of stealing a kiss, is a tale of innocent love. As the boy temps the young girl with a brief kiss, she is torn between wanting to surrender to his affection and pulling back. As she leans into the kiss, she turns back to look at the matrons in the room next to her. The girl is full of contradictions—while a part of her yearns for pleasure, she doesn’t dare to fully give in to her obvious desire. She is torn and the work simmers with that possibility—will she or won’t she? She is the perfect example of the coquette—her dress, body language and behavior is all focused on attracting men, yet will she follow through? Fragonard was a master at capturing this coquettish behavior, yet this mastery also proved to be his artistic downfall. E2 portrays this scene with two women, the one luring the other into a kiss full of promise and passion.
Ode to Suvee’s The Invention of the art of Drawing Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Joseph Benoit Suvee’s The Invention of the Art of Drawing, 1791 Collection of Groenige Museum, Bruges After studying with Matthias de Visch in Bruges, Suvee went to Paris to study. Although not French, he still entered the famous Prix de Rome competition with the theme “The fight between Minerva and Mars” and on Aug. 31st, 1771, he was chosen as the winner, over Jacques Louis David. This sparked a rivalry with David that did not bode well for Suvee. From 1773-78 Suvee studied at the French Academy in Rome and started teaching there in 1782. He was named the Academy’s Director in 1792, however he was only able to start his commission in 1801 as he was imprisoned in Paris’ Saint-Lazare prison. Suvee achieved everything that an artist could achieve in his time bringing artists to Bruges and having them play a leading role in the city for first time in centuries. Suvee died in Rome in 1807, while serving as the Director of the Academy. The Invention of the art of Drawing, created in 1791, is considered Suvee’s masterpiece and has a truly theatrical quality. Based on Pliny’s Historica Naturalis, in which Pliny writes about Dibutades, the daughter of a Corinthian Potter, who draws her lover’s shadow in her father’s pottery studio. The work is of special artistic value and was donated to the Academy in Bruges by Suvee in 1799. E2 changes the position of Dibutades’ lover’s face in this rendition, emphasizing the romantic gesture that a work can exude over the reality of the line, bringing into question what reality really is. Is it what we see or what we experience? This piece was created with photographer Mauro Fiorese in his home in Verona.
Remaking Marat Shot in 2011 in New Orleans Inspired by David’s Death of Marat, 1793 Collection of Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was a Neoclassical painter and political activist during the French Revolution. David firmly believed the arts should educate the public and give expression to their ideals. The subject of David’s painting, Jean-Paul Marat, was a leader of the Revolution and a friend of David’s. Marat suffered from a painful and irritating skin disease, which required him to frequently immerse himself in a medicinal bath. During one of these baths in 1793 a rival revolutionary, Charlotte Corday, gained entry to his residence stabbed him to death. In Death of Marat, David depicts the poverty and simplicity in which Marat lived and worked. The figure has a ghostly, compelling quality, intended to keep alive the memory of a great revolutionary martyr. The letter by which his murderer gained admittance is still resting – in a grip of death – in Marat’s hand. In Remaking Marat, E2 has E Paul Julien posing as Marat, who has been stabbed with a cake cutter.
Remembering the Revolution: Corday kills Marat Shot in 2012, Amsterdam Inspired by Portrait of Charlotte Corday, anon French School, ca 1793 Collection of Musée Carnavalet, Paris On July 17th, 1793 Charlotte Corday was executed for the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat on July 13th. Marat was a radical Jacobin leader and publisher and was responsible for the death of many Girondins, with whom Corday sympathized. As the Jacobins became more radical, Corday began to sympathize with the Girondin whom she thought would save France. The violence which had been ignited during the September massacres, only continued to grow. She held Marat responsible for this and decided that the only way to stop the reign of terror was to kill the most radical of radicals, Marat. She believed that he was threatening the Republic and hoped that in killing Marat, the violence would end. Indeed, at her trial she stated, “I have killed one man to save a hundred thousand.” On July 9th she left Caen and went to Paris, with a copy of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in hand. She bought a kitchen knife with a blade of six inches and wrote an address to the French people explaining her motives for assassinating Marat. After going to the National Assembly to find Marat, she discovered that he no longer attended meetings. She arrived at his home before noon on July 13th, claiming to know of a Girondist uprising in Caen. She was turned away, but came back again in the evening. Marat let her in, but due to a debilitating skin condition, he went back to his tub, where he had been conducting most of his affairs. After Marat wrote down the names of the Girondists, she pulled out the knife, plunging it into his chest. Killing Marat did not stop either the Jacobins or the Terror. In fact, Marat became a martyr, and his bust ended up replacing the religious statues and crucifixes, which had been banished during the new regime.
Ode to Goya’s Maya Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam. Background illustrated by Marco Ventura Inspired by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes’ The Nude Maya, 1797-98 Collection of Prado, Madrid While Titian’s work may have influenced Goya, Goya’s work went on the become the source of inspiration for a century of artists to come, in particular for French artists. The uproar caused by the Venus of Urbino was also caused by the Nude Maya, which has been referred to as “one of the most disconcerting images in all art, in which the exaltation of life in the feminine being is triumphant” (source Prado Madrid, Great Museums of the World publication). The Naked Maya is Goya’s most controversial painting and though there were ways to make it less provocative and profane for the audience, for example by giving her a more romantic or stylized quality, Goya clearly refrained from portraying her in an idealized fashion. Adding fuel to the fire, her unblinking eye, which stared at the viewer in a statement of defiance, was precisely what unleashed the critics. The work was seen as obscene and was confiscated, together with the Clothed Maya, by the Spanish Inquisition in 1813. Both works were owned by Manuel de Godoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, who fell from grace in 1808 when all of his property was seized by Ferdinand VII. It is disputed whether Maya was Pepita Tudó, the Prime Minister’s mistress, or the Duchess of Alba, with whom Goya was rumored to have had an affair. What E2 does is combine the two images: the Clothed Maya and Naked Maya, using a see-through chemise.
Portrait of a White Woman Shot in 2011 in New Orleans Inspired by Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait of a Black Woman, 1800 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Marie Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait of a Black Woman is one of the few portraits of a black person in the Louvre. That the portrait was painted by a woman, makes it all the more unusual, however, right after the French Revolution, a period opened up in which the educated women in France began to write and paint and often used their work as social commentary. The aim was to show that while equality may have graced their male counterparts, it had yet to be conferred on other minorities, including women and people of color. Marie Guillemine Benoist, born Marie Guillemine Leroulx-Delaville, was an aristocrat, who belonged to a small circle of professional women painters. This work was shown in the famous Paris Salon in 1800 and received considerable recognition. The negro lady sits upright with a white cloth draped across her chest, exposing her right breast. She doesn’t seem to look directly at the viewer and from the expression on her face, it is difficult to grasp what she is thinking. E2 has redone this image and puts focus on the title, renaming it, Portrait of a White Woman, to emphasize the fact that western society expects a portrait to be of a white person. In fact, when you hear focus being made to the skin color, you might feel uneasy and yet, you may not be able to put your finger on why it makes you feel uncomfortable. As the model’s right breast is laid bare, so too, you may feel exposed in being so (narrowly) defined.
Ode to Baron Gérard’s portrait of Mme Récamier Shot in Amsterdam in January 2013 Inspired by Gérard’s Portrait of Mme Récamier, 1805 Collection Museum Carnavalet, Paris Born in Rome in 1770 to an officer of the French Embassy and his Italian wife, François Gérard grew up in Rome until the age of twelve. Although his family moved to Paris in 1782, his love for Italian art had a clear influence on his work. At sixteen Gérard entered David’s studio, where he became one of David’s favorite students. In 1789 he entered the Prix de Rome but his friend, Girodet won the prize that year. The following year Gérard’s father died and he went to Rome to marry his mother’s youngest sister. When he returned the following year, he was impoverished. David helped him, not only taking him into his studio to work on portraits but also requesting that he would become a member of the tribunal. In 1794 Gérard won the first prize in a competition about the storming of the Tuileries Palace. By 1799 he’d established himself as one of the most important portrait painters of Paris. A prolific painter, Gérard showed around eight works at the Salon of 1808 and fourteen in 1810. After the Restoration, he became court painter to Louis XVIII. While Gérard created historical and mythological works based on David’s Neoclassical style, he is most well known for his portraits due to their naturalism and ability to bring his sitter’s character to light, which is certainly the case for this portrait of Mme Récamier. This work was created in 1805 when Mme Récamier was 27 years old. In fact, in 1800 David had started a portrait of her. Because she was not pleased by it, she asked Gérard to paint her as well. Incensed by this rebuff, David refused to finish the painting or give it back to her, allegedly stating, “Madame, ladies have their caprices; so do painters. Allow me to satisfy mine; I shall keep your portrait in its present state.” And so it was kept just like this until David’s death in 1826, upon which time, it was purchased by the state and has been in the Louvre ever since.
Ode to Ingres’ Valpinçon Bather Shot in 2012 in New Orleans Inspired by Ingres’ Valpinçon Bather, 1808 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Ingres, who moved to Paris in 1797 to study in David’s studio, was David’s most renowned pupil. He won the Prix de Rome at the young age of 21 in 1801, but only left for Italy in 1806 because of the political situation in France. While Ingres was in Rome, he became inspired by scenes of bathing women and in 1808 he painted Valpinçon Bather. This theme was to resonate with him throughout his career, for in 1863, more than fifty years after he’d painted the Valpinçon Bather, he painted Turkish Bath. Ingres came back to Paris in 1824, where he remained for 10 years, receiving the success he’d craved. Celebrated for his bold use of color, mastery of technique and understanding of the female character, Ingres, who led a very bourgeiois life, was still seen to have, ‘personal obsessions and mannerisms’ that made him such a great artist. Baudelaire remarked that his works ‘are the product of a deeply sensuous nature.’ However, in 1834, when his work, Martyrdom of St. Symphorium, was poorly received at the Salon, Ingres accepted the position of Director to the French Academy in Rome, a position he held through 1840. While he had scores of admiring pupils, Chasseriau was the only one to attain distinction.
Ode to Bossi’s Self-Portrait
with Gaetano Cattaneo, Carlo Porta and Giuseppe Taverna Shot in 2012 in Verona together with Mauro Fiorese Inspired by Giuseppe Bossi’s Self-Portrait with Gaetano Cattaneo, Carlo Porta and Giuseppe Taverna, 1809 Collection of Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan Giuseppe Bossi was a leading figure in neoclassical Milan in the beginning of the 19th century. Not only was Bossi a painter, but he was also a poet who had many connections with the leading literary figures of his day. At the young age of 23, Bossi was elected to the honored post of secretary to the Brera Academy, whose collection of paintings, entitled the Pinacoteca he essentially founded. In so doing, Bossi reorganized the Brera to become more in line with our modern idea of an art institute— not only a place to educate artists, but perhaps more importantly, a place for the education of public taste. Bossi’s skill as a portraitist is evident in this self-portrait, finished in 1809, as is his links to the leading figures of his time. E2 has added women posing as Bossi’s friends in the background.
Ode to Ingres’ Raphael and the Fornarina Shot in Amsterdam in January 2013 Inspired by Ingres’ Raphael and the Fornarina, 1814 Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres moved to Paris in 1797 to study in David’s studio and was David’s most renowned pupil. He won the Prix de Rome at the young age of 21 in 1801, but only left for Italy in 1806 because of the political situation in France. Ingres came back to Paris in 1824, where he remained for 10 years, receiving the success he’d craved. Celebrated for his bold use of color, mastery of technique and understanding of the female character, Ingres, who led a very bourgeiois life, was still seen to have, “personal obsessions and mannerisms” that made him such a great artist. Baudelaire remarked that his works “are the product of a deeply sensuous nature.” In this work, Ingres pays homage to Raphael who for years was thought to have painted his lover in the Fornarina, a work, which is now attributed to his student Giulio Romano and resides at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Following a tradition of painting the lives of great artists, which was started in the late eighteenth century, Ingres planned to paint a number of scenes about Raphael’s life, from birth to death. The only scenes that Ingres actually painted concerned his relationship with women, including his love for a baker’s daughter, Margherita Luti, the woman portrayed in the Fornarina. In this work we see Raphael in his studio at the moment in which he was thought to be painting Margherita. We are presented with a Renaissance environment. In the foreground, a footstool, bench and easel with columns in the distance. In the background, we see a clock is set at 1:30, so we imagine he’s just taken a break from painting. Ingres’ hint of seductiveness is ever present, as Raphael’s famed lover appears to embrace and withdraw from him simultaneously. Wearing a bracelet that has Raphael’s name on it, she looks out at the viewer, while Raphael looks toward his easel, contemplating what to do next. He holds his lover towards him, yet it is the canvas that really draws his attention as he holds a paintbrush that has recently been dabbed in red paint in the other hand. Ingres tries to reconstruct Raphael in as truthful a manner as possible by using Raphael’s self-portrait in the Uffizi, which he had copied. E2’s rendition shows two women in this well-known embrace, calling into question stereotypes about sexual preference.
Ode to Chasserieau’s the Sisters Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by Theodore Chasserieau’s The Sisters, 1843 Collection of the Louvre, Paris Chassériau was considered one of the most important French figurative painters of the nineteenth century, with his style forming a bridge between the Neoclassicism of Ingres and the Romanticism of Delacroix. He began training at the age of 10 with Ingres, who markedly influenced him. Chassériau frequently used his siblings, especially his sisters, as models for drawing and painting. As a young man, his relationship to his sisters, Aline and Adèle, has been described as so close as to have been “almost amorous”.
Ode to Ingres’ the Countess Haussonville Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845 The Frick Collection, New York Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres moved to Paris in 1797 to study in David’s studio and was David’s most renowned pupil. He won the Prix de Rome at the young age of 21 in 1801, but only left for Italy in 1806 because of the political situation in France. Ingres came back to Paris in 1824, where he remained for 10 years, receiving the success he’d craved. Thereafter Ingres went back to Rome to become the Director of the French Academy. Celebrated for his bold use of color and mastery of technique, Ingres had a deep understanding of the female character. Said to have led a very bourgeois life, Ingres was still seen to have, “personal obsessions and mannerisms” that made him such a great artist. Baudelaire remarked that his works “are the product of a deeply sensuous nature.” This portrait of Louise, Princesse de Broglie, whose husband was a diplomat, writer and a member of the French Academy, was begun in 1842, as part of a series of aristocratic portraits that he created through 1853. The Princesse was accomplished in her own right, as she published a number of books including one on Lord Byron. According to Ingres himself, the work received a ‘storm of approval’ when it was finished in 1845.
Ode to Dyce’s Paolo and Francesca Shot in Amsterdam, December 2012 Inspired by William Dyce’s Paolo and Francesca, 1845 Collection of The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh Born in Aberdeen in 1806, William Dyce was a Scottish painter, designer and even administrator, who spent the bulk of his career in London. Dyce made two trips to Italy in the 1820’s and was influenced by Italy Renaissance painting, especially from the Nazarre region. In addition to being an artist, Dyce was also an accomplished musician as well as a writer on subjects including antiquities as well as electromagnetism. Dyce moved to London in 1837 to work in the Royal College of Art, which had just been founded. He undertook trips to both France and Germany to study their methods of teaching art. His report on these findings led to his being appointed as the Director of the School in 1840. Although he resigned three years later, it is said that there were no major art projects of that time, in which he was not involved. Known for his firm outlines, strong colors and naturalistic detail, this work is evidence of that trademark. Dyce’s Paolo and Francesca was inspired by Dante’s epic poem The Inferno, in which Francesca, a young woman, is married off to an elderly husband, Giancotto. Attracted to his younger brother, Paolo, they fall in love but Giancotto surprises the lovers, murdering them. A hint to this tragic outcome is suggested by a hand, which is placed on the left of the seated lovers. In fact, Giancotto’s full form was originally included, yet the canvas was damaged in 1882 and had to be trimmed, which is why only Giancotto’s hand remains. In E2’s portrayal of this scene, we see Dutch artist Frederique Nuhaan as Paolo, leaning in to kiss the check of Francesca, portrayed by Chinese artist, Ran Zhang. In so doing E2 calls to question stereotypes about sexual orientation.
Ode to Hayez’ the Kiss Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by Francesco Hayez’ The Kiss, 1859 Collection of Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan Hayez’ The Kiss is one of the most notorious paintings to show lovers’ caught in a deep embrace. It is a work that evokes a sense of intense romantic passion. Hayez, born in 1791, considered The Kiss to be one of his best compositions, for he brought together the main characteristics of Italian Romanticism, namely naturalness and sentiment. Indeed, the great sensuality that exudes from the lovers’ embrace can be linked to the fact that the model, Carolina Zucchi, was also Hayez’ lover. The Kiss was presented at the Exhibition of Brera in 1859, only three months after the triumphal entrance of Vittorio Emanuele II and Napoleon III in Milan. This event cannot be underestimated in the influence it had on the image, as the colors that Hayez used represented the alliance between France and Italy. This alliance, otherwise known as the Plombiéres Agreement, marked the ending of the Second War of Independence and the birth of the Italian nation. E2 takes the original image and adds a subtle twist, depicting two lovers of different races, one white and one black, in a deep embrace. * Hayez’ The Kiss was featured in London’s Sunday Times Magazine on May 6, 2012.
Olympia Pinging Shot in 2011 in New Orleans Inspired by Édouard Manet’s Olympia, 1863 Collection of Musée D’Orsay, Paris Manet, who was drawn to art of the past, gained experience as a painter by copying Old Masters at the Louvre. He was inspired to create a modern and ironic reincarnation of the works he had studied and copied: Titan’s Venus of Urbino, Goya’s Nude Maya, and Ingres’ Odalisque. Manet aimed to portray the two traditional figures, the odalisque and the slave, in a way as to poke fun at the bourgeousie of the time. When Manet’s Olympia was exhibited at Le Salon des Refuses in 1865, it caused even more outrage than Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe shown two years before. Olympia’s impudent stare provoked the viewer, for it showed that the model (a well known person and not a idealized form) was not afraid of her sexuality. Compared to Titian’s Venus of Urbino, in which Titian’s Venus holds roses in her right hand to refer to her sexual interest, Olympia has a flower in her hair. Manet substituted Titan’s dog, a symbol of loyalty, for a cat, which is a French slang for the very thing that Olympia is concealing with her hand. The painting immediately created a scandal. Indeed, one critic wrote of the work, “art sunk so low does not even deserve reproach.” Although he was seen as the leader of the Impressionist avant-guard, his upper middle-class roots and need for acceptance, held him back from fully embracing his modernist vision.
Ode to Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe Shot in 2011 in New Orleans and Amsterdam Inspired by Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1863 Collection of Musée D’Orsay, Paris Édouard Manet, who came from a comfortable middle class Parisian background, longed for recognition but he was labeled a rebel him due to his unconventional ideas. While Manet trained under Couture from 1850-56, his style was more influenced by the old masters, which he studied at the Louvre. Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe was rejected by the famous Academy, and so it was shown at Le Salon des Refuses in 1863. At that time it caused one of the greatest upheavals in the art world, causing the viewers to riot and even threaten to destroy the building. Why was this painting so controversial? Not because the woman was naked but rather because she was shown with two men who were fully clothed in contemporary dress. She too, stares at the viewer in a challenging manner. To make matters worse, she was a known person and not an idealized version of Venus. Indeed, Victorine Meurand, was one of Manet’s favorite models. Her soul-piercing stare was exactly the same type of look, which had gotten Titian and Goya into trouble. And who were the men? It is widely thought that they were his brother, Eugene and his future brother-in-law, Ferdinand Leenhoff. E2 changes the male-female roles in this work, so that the man is naked, surrounded by two women dressed in man’s clothes and an idealized version of a woman in the water behind the picnic. * This work was shown in the Ogden Museum New Orleans.
Ode to Breitnerâ€™s Girl in the Red Kimono Shot in 2011 in Amsterdam Inspired by George Hendrik Breitnerâ€™s Girl in a Red Kimono, 1893-4 Collection of Stedelijk, Amsterdam The Girl in a Red Kimono was made by Dutch painter George Hendrik Breitner in 1893-4. Breitner is known for his loose impressionist-style brush strokes on canvas. He saw himself as a painter of the working class and therefore chose his models from the working class neighborhood of Amsterdam called the Jordaan. In addition to his well-known portraits of cities, especially Amsterdam, he also received great renown for his series of kimono girls. Breitner used the same model, Geesje Kwak, a sixteen year old shop assistant from the Jordaan. First Brietner would make photographs of her in a kimono, which he later used as the basis of his paintings (from 1885). Therafter, he experimented with the photo on canvas, though he never tried to make exact copies. E2 turns around the process by making a photo of the painting, which he created in 1893-4.
Elizabeth Kleinveld is a self-taught artist and photographer from New Orleans, who spent a year documenting the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Kleinveld shifted her focus to flowers, finding inspiration from the vibrant colors of exotic flowers and their reflection in water, which gives her work an abstract and painterly quality. Her work (photography and mixed media) has been exhibited in the United States Senate, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the Louisiana State Museum, the Colorado Fine Arts Center, DiverseWorks in Houston, A Gallery in Hong Kong, Royal Delft Museum in Delft, Waternoodmuseum in Zeeland, the United States Embassy in The Hague and the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C. Her Katrina series has been catalogued in NOMA’s Katrina Exposed book (2006), in the Road to Peace show in The Hague’s City Hall (2007), in ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So,’ an exhibition with Dutch poet Rogi Wieg (2008) and Before (During) After: Louisiana Photographers Visual Reactions to Hurricane Katrina (2010, University of New Orleans Press). Her most recent work, together with New Orleans artist and photographer, E Paul Julien, is a series of portraits developed under the artist name E2. Work from this series has been shown at the Milan Image Art Fair, PH-Neutro in Verona, the Ogden Museum and CAC in New Orleans and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Kleinveld’s work has been covered by the Sunday Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Volkskrant, Trouw, Tableau, More than Classic, Elegance and various other publications. Her work is held in museums and private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
E Paul Julien is a self taught artist who began his career as a fine art photographer in 1995 when a near death experience changed his life for ever. Ten years later in August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans he knew how he was going to navigate the waters. Creating art for him is a necessity. It is a vital part of his existence. In the wake of Katrina he felt abandoned by his photography because he could not pack a giant enlarger, darkroom chemicals and other bulky, cumbersome equipment in one day and evacuate from his beloved city. In exile for six months he decided to use images he salvaged from the storm, his emotions, the changing light, his spirit, and the texture of the world around him to create his new mixed media art. E Paul was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised on his families Plantation. Africa Plantation is 45 minutes northwest of New Orleans, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the small town of Modeste. For him, Africa Plantation was a spiritual place that put him in touch with nature and stimulated his imagination. As a young child, he would climb to the very top of Africa with his little brother. Under the stars and moon he would tell stories of how he was going to travel around the world. At some point between the time he spent on Africa’s hot tin roof and his father teaching him how to use his Nikon FT2, he began to travel through the world of photography. Since 2005 his journey has taken him to a new world of mixed media, collage and film . Julien’s work (photography and mixed media) has been exhibited in the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State Museum, Houston’s DiverseWorks, the Darkroom (New Orleans), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans), Arps Gallery (Amsterdam) and DeGalerieDenHaag (the Hague). His Katrina series has been catalogued in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Katrina Exposed (2006). In 2010, the University of New Orleans Press, published the book, Before (During) After: Louisiana Photographers Visual Reactions to Hurricane Katrina, a companion to the international traveling exhibition. Julien’s work has been covered by the Washington Post, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Greater Houston Weekly, Louisiana Life Magazine, and many other international newspapers and magazines. His work is held in museums and private collections in the United States and Europe.
page 3 Kleinveld & Julien’s E2 concept page 4 Ode to van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man (Self-Portrait?) page 6 Ode to Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage page 8 Ode to Uccello’s Portrait of a Young Man page 10 Ode to Van der Weyden’s Portrait of a Lady page 12 Ode to Petrus Christus’ Portrait of a Young Woman page 14 Ode to Botticelli’s Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder page 16 Ode to Memling’s Vanity page 18 Ode to Memling’s Diptych with the Allegory of True Love page 20 Ode to Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière page 22 Ode to the Master of Frankfurt’s Self-Portrait with his Wife page 24 Ode to Albrecht Dürer’s Self-portrait, 1496 page 26 Ode to Raphael’s Portrait of a Cardinal page 28 Ode to Albrecht Durer’s Self-portrait, 1500 page 30 Ode to Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus page 32 Ode to Metsys’ Moneylenders page 34 Ode to Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti page 36 Ode to Titian’s Flora page 38 Ode to Holbein’s Jane Seymour page 40 Ode to Titian’s Venus of Urbino page 42 Ode to Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man page 44 Ode to Sofonisba Anguissola’s Self-portrait page 46 Ode to Anguissola’s Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola page 48 Ode to the Pinching D’Estrées Sisters page 50 Peter Stevens’ Love Interest page 52 Ode to de la Tour’s Penitent Magdalen page 54 Ode to Velázquez’ Venus at her Mirror page 56 Ode to Velázquez’ Juan de Pareja page 58 Ode to Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace page 60 Ode to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring page 62 Ode to Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride
page 64 Ode to Gainsborough’s The Linley Sisters page 66 Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Linley page 68 Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of the Honorable Frances Duncombe page 70 Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield page 72 Ode to Gainsborough’s Portrait of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot page 74 Ode to Fragonard’s The Bolt page 76 Ode to Fragonard’s Stolen Kiss page 78 Ode to Suvee’s The Invention of the art of Drawing page 80 Remaking Marat page 82 Remembering the Revolution: Corday kills Marat page 84 Ode to Goya’s Maya page 86 Portrait of a White Woman page 88 Ode to Baron Gérard’s portrait of Mme Récamier page 90 Ode to Ingres’ Valpinçon Bather page 92 Ode to Bossi’s Self-Portrait page 94 Ode to Ingres’ Raphael and the Fornarina page 96 Ode to Chasserieau’s the Sisters page 98 Ode to Ingres’ the Countess Haussonville page 100 Ode to Dyce’s Paolo and Francesca page 102 Ode to Hayez’ the Kiss page 104 Olympia Pinging page 106 Ode to Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe page 108 Ode to Breitner’s Girl in the Red Kimono page 110 Biography Elizabeth Kleinveld page 111 Biography E Paul Julien
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