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Homage to Cecil Beaton

I got the book “Cecil Beaton, The New York Years” last week, a collection of photographs, drawings, stage designs and paintings. Beaton is a lifelong obsession, one of the first photo books I ever purchased was about him. I dip into the diaries from time to time for a few laughs and am often surprised by how touching they can be in between all the bitchery, especially (as in most memoirs) towards the later sections which reflect on the indignities of aging and the gradual dying off of old friends. I’ve been studying the paintings particularly with a mixture of envy and awe. Here is a new gouache on coloured paper inspired by a Beaton fashion photo of a model in a dress by Lanvin from 1951.

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