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Judith and Belle Watling

10 Feb

Odd how some things can stick with you for years and years.  And my friends all know I am stuck on Gone With The Wind.  We can psychoanalyze that some other time.  But today, I was inspired by Vouet to think of Belle Watling – Rhett Butler’s whorehouse friend.

First, there is the color of the hair and the gown.

Simon Vouet, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1615-20, oil on canvas, 115 x 86 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Ona Munson as Belle Watling in “Gone With The Wind” (1939)

Then there is the posture that rests on the left elbow.

Simon Vouet, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1615-27, oil on canvas, 96.8 x 73.3 cm, Old Pinakothek of Munich, Munich, Germany

Ona Munson as Belle Watling in “Gone With The Wind” (1939)

Makes me wonder if Vouet saw the movie.   Or at least read the book.

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4 Comments

Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Whorey

 

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4 responses to “Judith and Belle Watling

  1. Gonnagan

    February 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Love your blog. You always come up with the most astonishing angles.

     
    • judith2you

      February 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      thanks so much for the compliment. i enjoy looking for the story in works of art – even the ones that are unintended.

       
    • judith2you

      February 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      yes, my angles are slightly skewed. art is a story, and i delight in the chance to create my own version. i’m glad you enjoy!

       

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