At the Bar #1 Cadillacs
The first installment of several “paint marker on paper” works in the Club Erotica collection (#1), this topic was an exploration for the artist during a time when she “needed a shock of life” after experiencing a great deal of loss. Unsure about the ability to capture enough detail painting live in a moving setting (no photography), a proprietor encouraged Lovely, “I hear Picasso did that quite well,” which gave the artist “the freedom to trust in paint markers.” Reflective of Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère where the Victorian presentation of a risqué setting is primarily by suggestion and focused on the viewers’ focus. In Lovely’s depiction, the viewers are pictured from behind but showing their direction and intention of focus. Other related details is a modern interpretation of Manet’s tuxedo-influenced corset dress, with this server clad in sleeveless tuxedo top. Without the use of painting onsite or photography, the artist turned to paint markers as a medium and discovered the approach captured the story and setting best through the bold edges of calligraphic lines and color.
Dimensions: 5H x 8W | Medium: Paint Marker on Paper
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