I must admit, I have a thing for women with red hair. I’m endlessly inspired by how unique and rare a beautiful, natural redhead is, and even more impressed by a fake redhead who pulls it off well. There is something about the hair colour, the usual accompanying splash of freckles and the juxtaposition of the eye shade (blue, green or brown- all wonderful contrasts). A few redheads who come to mind, who also happen to be gorgeous and terribly talented, include: Rita Hayworth, Florence Welsh of Florence & the Machine, Christina Hendricks, Game of Throne’s Melisandra, or Carice van Houten, and Emma stone (the latter two not natural redheads, incidentally).
Now why the swooning over redheads on a blog about art written by a heterosexual mother? Julianne Moore, that’s why. I can not believe I did not come across her editorial spread in Harper’s Bazaar magazine when it was released in May 2008. For shame.
Photographed by none other than the fantastic Peter Lindbergh, the editorial spread titled “Portrait of a Lady” features the gorgeous, age defiant Julian Moore posing as the women of famous paintings. The artworks are extremely well-known, yet not cliché; they were clearly handpicked to avoid instant recognition. The photography and haute couture styling is flawless, but so is Moore’s ability to channel the women in the paintings effortlessly.
I love it when paintings inspire contemporary artists to pay homage to them in their own mediums and personal style. I particularly love this shoot as it features a few of my favourite pieces. If any of the following artists are new to you, stop what you’re doing this instant and get acquainted. Here’s the list:
- “Seated Woman With Bent Knee” by Egon Schiele
- “The Cripple” by John Currin
- “Man Crazy Nurse #3” by Richard Prince
- “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent
- “Woman With a Fan” by Amedeo Modigliani
- “Adele Bloch Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt