Cubist nude graphite pencil drawing

An archeological memory of Bettie Page – 13-11-18


I always have liked ‘Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus’ by Salvador Dali and I am a bit jealous that he came with the idea of turning one thing into an archeological object first. Then again, he was born first and now I have the last laugh. Would I ever be able to surpass him? And if so, by what kind of drawing or painting? This question is approximately 30 years old now.

Great Looking Sphinx

In this particular case and after some scrutiny I was able to spot three different images in one: her body, the sphinx and also the incorporation of the fox / dog figure I used before. The reference picture I used was slightly different from the one I used for ‘The Revelation of Bettie Page (2018)’. I kept it for quite some time but finally saw a great looking sphinx coming from her arm.

The sphinx caused me to think archeologically and one thing led to another: Dali’s painting!

Scaling up to Oils

Click here to read about the oil painting ‘The Restoration of Bettie Page – 01-04-20‘ this drawing served as a prestudy for. Like in many cases there was a new challenge to add more because a bigger canvas invited me to combine bigger and smaller things, to be caught in an entwined relation. You can click in the aforement link and see that I replaced the pyramids and palmtrees with a more complexe theme.

Click here to read about the principle of ambiguous images as explained in my post ‘Gaia – 16-03-16’.

Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)

Artist: Corné Akkers