|The Lecherous Smile Oil crayon on vellum 25"x19"|
|The Sly Smile Oil on canvas 32"x24"|
If you want to understand the importance of smiles in making something lifelike, you have to go back to the Ancient Greeks. In the 6th century B.C., when artists were beginning to study human anatomy and learn how to make their sculptures lifelike, they used the smile as a way of communicating with the viewer. The sweet, upturned lips that appear on the Greek Kouros and Kore of the period was called the “Archaic Smile” and art historians assume that it was meant to make the figure seem alive. In the periods that followed, once the technical problems of creating a realistic human form were solved, the smile disappeared; it was no longer needed. But before that, sculptors needed to create life with a smile..
After all, what’s the most famous work of art in the history of the world? The Mona Lisa. And what is she doing? She’s smiling….a sweet, mysterious smile.
|The Mona Lisa Smile Oil on canvas 44"x34"|