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Judith as a blithe spirit

26 Feb

Leon Francois Comerre, “Judith,” c. 1900, Oil on canvas, 95.3 x 50.8 cm, private collection

Comerre paintings were all about lighthearted sensuality. His breathtaking pictures, painted in a lucid and glowing style, had an extraordinary way of revealing an air of frivolity coupled with deliberate eroticism.  He had an affinity with nature, especially its dramatic and ethereal aspects. Primeval intensity, blithe elegance, and  an ethereal atmosphere characterize his opulent painting style. (!)

And that explains the broad smile on her face and skip in her step on the way to decapitate the General.  My mistake:  I had misinterpreted this to mean she was just a murderous floozie.

(1) The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters: Leon Francois Comerre

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Whorey

 

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