I survived my demo the other day despite a really nasty little cold virus that turned into a fever by the end of the demo. Send soup. Chicken. I’m not happy with the painting yet or I would post it. It will have to sit in the corner for a few days and then we’ll see.
I had a little on-line argument with Bill yesterday (yes, I really do have better things to do), and he won. And I’m darned mad about it. One of my all time favorite paintings is the Salome by Henri Regnault. I saw it years ago at the Met, and fell in love. I googled it this morning because I was telling my students about it yesterday. Here she is:
Under images, I also happened upon this:
It was the cover for The Times in 1916. I immediately came to the conclusion that old Henri had worked from this photograph of a woman posing as Salome. I fired off an incensed email to Bill complaining that Henri had cheated, and how shocked I was. Bill wrote back pointing out that Salome was painted in 1870 according to his research. I argued that The Times had an actual PHOTOGRAPH of her and it was identical to the painting. Surely he copied the photograph. Finally, I realized that The Times “photo” also had the signature that the painting has. It is indeed a photo OF the painting. Well can YOU tell???
I just hate it when Bill is right about something. It rarely ever happens, but I never hear the end of it when it does. Please ignore his next post.