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Whistler/Klimt/van Dijk©

I created this Whistler-Klimt OIL/COLLAGE in the "Paint like the Masters" Class
which I take at the Academy where I also teach.

The meaning of this class is not to copy, but
to understand how the artist worked and how to change it into your own.
Quite a challenge!


"Blue and Violet: La Belle de Jour" (1885) by Whistler
is an oil on canvas of a female in a veiled see-through negligee.
I used Klim't s gold and the lightened skin of his portrayed females.


James Abbott McNeill Whistler's (1834- 1903) deft brushwork and mighty ego made him one of London's best-known painters in the second half of the 1800s.
He developed important close relationships with many women,and the different looks and poses he gave them reveal much about the changing roles of women in the late 19th century.

Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) Viennese painter, was the founder of the Vienna Secession, the Austrian art nouveau movement.
Klimt's primary subject was the female body and his works are marked by a frank eroticism.
The gold in Klimt's paintings is gold leaf, rather than the iridescent paints available today.

I added a piece of gold cloth (left under) in her robe, and some gold leaf in the background (with a gold leaf marker), and made her face (under her head) of newspaper. I also used super gloss gel for the gold look background (upper right).


Materials used:
Chinese and Dutch News paper, oil paint, Matte Medium (my archival glue) heavy gloss gel,
Gold Leaf Marker/sheet, cheese cloth.

Copyright Olga van Dijk 2009©
Unauthorized copying or use of images is prohibited.

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Joan Wulff 22 Jun 2011

Great painting, love tha brush strokes!

Terry Bullard 09 Aug 2010

lovely, mystically enchanting

Sara Alfaro 29 Apr 2010

This is amazing!

Artist Reply: Sara, you have an eye for special pieces like these. You should see it in reality! It's proudly hanging in my husbands office at home!

Gabrielle Stahlie 27 Apr 2010

So that is the best of both.. 3.. worlds! All the best.. G

Sue Reboucas 24 Feb 2010

I love your work Olga, they are absolutely beautiful