Saturday, November 29, 2014
My Mona Lisa - NYC 1845
I found this little treasure back in 1980 in the basement of Jackie Onassis' apartment building on 5th Avenue across from Central Park. I was doing some work for my Dad at the time. We installed anti-pollution controls on incinerators.
Rich people throw away some pretty cool things. This pencil drawing from about 1845 is a good example of some of the things I found.
Just look at this picture. She stares with beauty in her eyes and just a hint of a smile plays across her mouth. I snatched her up in her black wood shaved matting with a matching black frame. She has been with me for the past 30 years.
Was this a portrait done for a loved one? Or perhaps it was just a sketch by an amateur artist?
I find her mysterious, yet so real. There is something flirtatious about her that captivated me long ago. She hangs on the wall beside my bed. She is the only woman that my wife doesn't object to my seeing on a regular basis.
The pencil strokes, when the sketch is held at an angle to the light, are vivid and exact. They give life to the portrait. I must admit to being in love with this woman - our age difference notwithstanding.