Art Imitating Reality
© Philippe Sauvie
For this piece I have taken an image from pop culture, an image of director and funny man, Woody Allen and merged it artfully with the famous self-portrait of Pablo Picasso. Both of these men made no effort to hide the fact that they feared death and dealt with this fear of vicariously through their art. Both artists, needed women in their lives as muses in order to pull off their art. It was my job as artist to see the connection visually between the two. Picasso drew his portrait later in life and it has been said by scholars that it is him looking at his own mortality and the loss of his senses. Woody Allen, by all accounts is considered a cinematic and comedic genius. And confronts his own mortality head on in virtually all of his movies. It somehow seemed appropriate to me that as Mr. Allen comes to the end of his life that someone make a connection. To see the relationship between the art and the artist as a third-party.