Thursday, January 29, 2015

Joan of Arc

As a fan of Joan of Arc and Joan of Arc movies, I have painted her many times, although the first was not done until 2000, a sepia-tone portrait of Rene Marie Falconetti from the silent masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc directed in France by the great Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer in 1928.  I've seen the film 70 times!  I thought I'd try redoing that portrait, making it wide instead of tall in order to put in some background and context.  Below are images of the two pictures.  Also, I have uploaded images of a very ambitious hinged triptych I did of Joan of Arc (Jehanne, to be accurate) in 2002.  She is portrayed in three aspects of her persona.  The frame, which I made myself, was a huge project in itself.  And, in 2005, I did a portrait of Leelee Sobieski from the more recent film about Joan of Arc.  I'm afraid I stole the composition from the DVD cover, but it turned out very well, I think.  Perhaps I will eventually get around to doing Ingrid Bergman and Jean Seberg.

Falconetti from La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, monochromatic acrylic, 12 x 16 inches, 2015
Falconetti as Joan of Arc, monochromatic gouache, 16 x 12 inches, 2000
Jehanne la Pucelle Triptych, acrylic, 2002:
Jehanne the Visionary, 32 x 16 inches
Jeanne the Warrior, 32 x 36 inches
Jehanne the Martyr, 32 x 15 inches
Leelee Sobieski as Joan of Arc, acrylic, 24 x 20 inches, 2005

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