Ok, let's go back a while.
A long, long time ago (about four months), the brilliant Tara came up with the Gallery. Every week she racks her brains for an idea, a prompt, a theme and she posts it on her blog, and we, the punters, go off and take pictures, or dig out pictures, and post them on our blogs.
Now, precisely one month ago, she said Still Life. And I posted this:
which was based on this:
And lots of people seemed to love it. So much so that the wonderful Iota Manhattan suggested I do more of them, a little series of reworked masterpieces. And I thought about it, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.
You see, once upon a time, I used to work with amazing paintings. Not often, but occasionally. And occasionally I was instrumental in making sure that the same amazing paintings got to stay in this country. And I would go, every now and then, to our national collections and look at these paintings, and think "I made two phone calls in a year's worth of work that my boss did that means I can stand and look at that painting now, for free". And I don't do that any more. And a part of me misses it.
So, here's the idea. Once a month I'm going to set myself a painting, or a sculpture, and I'm going to remaster it for the modern age. And then I'm going to post it on here, and see what you think. The only limitation? The original must be in the UK, in a public collection. So if we want to go and see what it really looks like, undigitised, and un-remastered, we can. I'm hoping that some of you might suggest some (leave me a comment, you know I love that!), but failing that I'll pick one myself.
I thought I'd start with another still life, just because the props are easier to find (we'll move on to portraits of Popes later, shall we?), so ladies and gentlemen, I give you, hot from the National Gallery:
Still Life with Lemons and Oranges (1760s), by Luis Melendez
re-imagined, for 2010, as Still Life, without Melon by me.
And as a sneak preview, I'm thinking Sunflowers for next month, because it'll be August, and the girls have just planted some, and because I think it'll be trickier than it sounds...Oh, and if anyone wants to join in, just say, and I'll try and work out how to stick a McLinky on...
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