notes | news

paul w ruiz art notes

Recasting the girl

Completed a small painting over the weekend, some months after what was an opportunity to revisit Balthus' figure of the girl in Therese on a Bench, 1939.

Left: Balthus'  Therese on a Bench   ,   1939 (cropped)    Right:  Recasting Thérese  2014

Left: Balthus' Therese on a Bench, 1939 (cropped)

Right: Recasting Thérese 2014

I settled on rotating mine 45 degrees to the left.

I think the parallels with religious iconography and motifs make the original image even more compelling. I love that modern art continues to serve up possibilities for re-interpretation and unravelling 75 years later.