Model Dressed as Octavian in Act 1 of Der Rosenkavalier (detail), 50 x 38 inch oil on canvas by George C. Clark AVAILABLE
This painting will be in the exhibition “Portraits of the Palette” at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts at 1012 North Dearborn Street in Chicago. The Show, which features the work of 30 P&C members, opens with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, December 9, 2011, and runs through January 1, 2012.
My painting is a portrait I did for a group exhibition I was in some years ago that featured images of people in the performing arts. My model was a very talented professional actress (in Jeff Award-winning plays) and a trained singer (although not of opera). I was inspired by a broadcast of Der Rosenkavalier from the Met. My model had the breeches and hose and the jabot (ruffled collar) and the red sash in her costume collection, and I bought her the puffy shirt at a resale shop.
The painting is life-size and shows the figure head to foot, but it is so big I couldn’t light the whole canvas for photography in my studio without getting bad reflective glare, so I present this detail.