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No Doll
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Published: July 1, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 zancan
Oil painting on canvas
27x65 inch (70x165cm)

This is the painting that I've done last year, started on january 1st and finished on december 31st ( with long moments hovering in between ).

It's a project that had been dear to me for many years, and which went through a lot of conceptual changes until I came up with a painting.

You might be interested in finding symbols that echoe with another painting in my gallery called "Pas d'Ange" . Not exactly candidates for a diptych, because their color schemes are way too different, but the concepts behind are linked, the objects in the scene show some relationships. The canvas are the same size, too. Ah, and the slope is the same.

For details, close-ups and a bit of discussion, you can check out the page on my blog: here

Many thanks to Joëlle who was the brave model for this one.

Cheeeeers !
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Beyonder69's avatar
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BlazingFist's avatar
Absolutely incredible! And I saw the relation with your hauntingly beautiful Pas d'Ange the very first time I saw it. I would love to see both side by side and hear you elaborate more on their connection. Brilliant as usual man!
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stellartcorsica|Professional Digital Artist
great work!!
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Tibby-san|Hobbyist General Artist
This is very lovely and well done. :heart:
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Zorocat|Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing
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cachii2of3|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good painting.
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maxine's avatar
maxine|Professional Traditional Artist
Having been away from DA for a while, I only just saw this. So perfectly matches a song that caught my ear last summer - Laura Marling's 'Your Only Doll' - [link]

Gorgeous work, as ever.
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joycefungx's avatar
Nora from Ibsen's A Doll's House? :)
I love it, thanks for creating and sharing this.
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ipkc's avatar
ipkc|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely. I love the pose.
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bear48's avatar
sweet job
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Sanguivoriphobia's avatar
She looks like she is a beautiful puppet suddenly finding herself as a girl (: this is gorgeous.
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MountainStrongBear|Hobbyist General Artist
I like the feeling of freedom this painting provides. It is highly symbolic of life itself, because we are all basically puppets dangling on the strings of others. This is mostly because we allow it without knowing it. That's what I see in this painting.
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LilyOphelia's avatar
Gorgeous. Really beautiful.
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Kgusel's avatar
So many things I like about this painting - the delicate gesture of her hands, the gauzy material of her dress and the way it seems to be falling off of her. So many intriguing things.
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DannyMechanist's avatar
Well where to start....

first off the setting ... the incomplete drapery is somewhat sad but also introspective of some event that may have occurred in the space depicted... also the walls are slightly discoloured and which only adds to the appeal. He wooden floor and the weed growing on the floorboards is evident that the set is of a certain age.

as for the model herself the broken strings are evident of a recent struggle to break free which may have resulted in the set and attire being as is

Conceptually as far as my opinion goes the painting symbolizes every human soul's struggle to break free of ties and bindings and to exercise their own free will and also of the losses and hardships faced during this struggle

all in all ... A piece I'm glad to have witnessed
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SonicMasterHero's avatar
She was turned into a doll? Or is she turning back into a human girl, she used to be?
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BlankCard464969's avatar
My interpretation of this:
She is busting out, breaking free of being the doll that others turned her into. In doing so, she's destroying the ideals they tried to force upon her.

She's returning to the life she was denied.

But is this not symbolism at its finest~?
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SonicMasterHero's avatar
:) Yeah, good old freedom!
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BlankCard464969's avatar
That's right~
Everyone seeks it.
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MyriaMoreno|Professional General Artist
It's amazing!
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arunknathan|Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work. congrats on the DD. :)
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hetalialover12431's avatar
So beautiful!!
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