Portrait Of A Woman With Smokey Eyes by Harry Rabinger (1920)
Smokey eyes, a fashionable dark violet dress and a three quarter profile portrait: this woman from the Roaring Twenties would still be à la mode at a cool cocktail party of today. The recreation of this painting definitely has got “Selfie Potential”.
The work of the luxembourgish artist Harry Rabinger varies from brightly coloured still lives to startlingly realistic nudes and portraits, including his famous women with boyish hairdos. The woman in our portrait features a look that could have come straight from one of the most famous expressionist movies of the time, Metropolis by Fritz Lang.
Agostina Segatori Sitting In The Café du Tambourin by Vicent van Gogh (1887)
Agostina Segatori owned the Café du Tambourin that Van Gogh knew intimately. It was a gathering spot for Parisian artists, a place where their work was exhibited. Van Gogh, unable to pay in cash for his meals, exchanged paintings for his fare. The paintings then adorned the restaurant.
His connection with Agostina and the cafe came to a sad end when she went bankrupt and Van Gogh’s paintings were confiscated by creditors. This painting, however, demonstrates an artistic discovery that culminated in his unique, creative style not quite on the brink of being understood and revered.
In the painting Agostina, a woman in her forties, can be seen smoking a cigarette while having her second glass of beer, evidenced by two saucers under the mug of beer. In demeanor and style, such as her clothing, make-up and hairstyle, she is a modern woman. She is wearing a fashionable hat. According to the style at the time, her jacket is a different design than her dress.
The work is currently displaying at the Van Gogh Museum in Amesterdam, The Netherlands.