Oil on Canvas
24 x 32 inches
I painted this soon after I moved to Paris, during the winter, (my first in 20 years, California really makes you forget about winter) I wanted to explore an allegorical theme here using a Commedia del arte presentation. The character, Gilles, is usually portrayed in white — here I have chosen black. I have also decided to portray this traditionally male character as a female in this piece. The distinctly modern treatment of the face is juxtaposed with the Carravagesque treatment of the paint and the costume.