Thursday, 9 May 2013

When Van Gogh and Picasso time travelled

I'm not sure if I ever shared these on my blog before. I can't think why because frankly it's a bit of a scoop - after all, it's not often that one finds evidence of time-travelling artistic legends getting together to paint.

Dr Who fans may remember the episode where he meets Van Gogh. What we didn't get to see was a quick trip they took in the TARDIS via 1936 (to pick up a certain Picasso) to 17th century Holland to visit Mr Vermeer.

There they spent a happy few hours painting a young lady who happened to be sitting for him that day. Vincent was rather enamoured of her by all accounts and gifted her some jewellery to wear. Not to be outdone, Pablo gave her his scarf. I know which one I would have preferred, although that head gear would have been useful to cover up my bed hair this morning.

The questions on everyone's lips of course are:

Which of the portraits she felt most represented her character and beauty? And,

What happened to the Picasso and Van Gogh versions. Well... funny you should ask...

Sharing with the Artists' Playroom 'inspired by famous artists' theme.


  1. Thank you so much for making me LOL after a very long day! Fab post :)

  2. Am loving both of these fab pieces and thank you for all the smiles. Hugs Annette x

  3. Great story and wonderful paintings! I love the "Picasso"

  4. Very funny and I love the colorful works you've collected from the masters :)

  5. I love this post. I wonder what the girl with the pearl earring would have thought about the artist's portrayals of her? ;)

  6. What a laugh! Thank you for cheering up my evening. Love the painting :0) Mo

  7. I love, love, love what you did with Jenn's challenge! The Van Goh and Picasso style portraits of Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring" are very well done, and your creative story is hilarious. Blessings!

  8. such fun and what an imagination!!!

  9. Of course I remember your two wacky versions of The Girl with the Pearl Earring. That exercise on your course was the one that inspired my own Modigliani/Schiele combination, which I revived this week. I gained so much from your course last year and am still inspired by it in the way I work now - so much freer and faster than I used to be, which was what I had hoped for from the course. Thanks for all you did. Love, Jez


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