The figure

 

After the bath - 17.5cm x 12.5cm

After the bath – 17.5cm x 12.5cm – oil on canvas board

Framed – £210

This work is ‘after’ Gustave Caillebotte, a contemporary of the Impressionists. His original painting is just so stunning that I made a sketch whilst in the gallery, and then adapted this work from that sketch, in the studio. I wanted to impress the contrast of  warmth from the bath and the still wet, now cool skin.

 

Avocado suite - 12.5cm x 17.5cm

Avocado suite – 12.5cm x 17.5cm – oil on canvas board

Framed – £210

The sketch was taken from a Pierre Bonnard painting, it has turned into a cool green, contemplative bath time, imagination taking the bather anywhere, away from the rest of the day, away from the avocado suite.

 

Green nude - 17.5cm x 12.5cm

 

Green nude – 17.5cm x 12.5cm – oil on canvas board

Framed – £210

Inspired by another twentieth century painter, this time Edgar Degas, who made many pastels of women at their toilet, private, simple moments, made beautiful. I wanted different greens in this painting, I always think it is a relaxing colour, rather than an unlucky one.

 

Ophelia in the bath - 40cm x 50cm

 

 

Ophelia in the bath – 40cm x 50cm – oil on canvas

Unframed – £535

To finish off a series of works describing the previously-painted bathing nude,  I painted Ophelia, but in the bath. This tragic character from Hamlet who drowned herself in a river, was painted by John Everett Millais, one of the Pre-Raphaelites painters, in 1852. The original painting is full of the crisp detail of river undergrowth, flowers in the water, and of course Ophelia, with sodden dress billowing out around her. The model was Elizabeth Siddal, who was to becomes Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s wife, she posed for Millais in a dress, lying in a bath of water, heated by oil lamps from below, from which she caught a cold.

The pose here is specific to the Millais painting, and the bath is the connection, but there is no tragedy in this particular work, I wanted to turn it into something far more mundane.

 

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