This is Barbette. Acrobat, Drag Queen, contemporary of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Josephine Baker, Picasso, and at one time the toast of Paris in the 1920s. Born Vander Clyde Broadway in Round Rock, Texas in 1899, he learned how to walk on the tightrope as a part of World Famous Alfaretta Sisters act, where he began to dress as a woman and create his act. After touring with Vaudeville shows around the nation, he moved to Paris and quickly became immensely popular, noted for taking his wig off at the end of the act and thereby breaking the illusion.
Alas, good things never last. After sustaining an injury, Barbette was forced to leave the stage. He died in 1972 of an overdose. A tragic life, but look at him! He was gorgeous as either gender, which is why I have a major crush on the fabulous Barbette.
Marefumi Komura, Trio
lino-cut 1,2m x 0,8m
Kenne Gregoire 1951 | New realism dutch painter
Derek Overfield – “My work is influenced by the classical and the romantic, the archaic and the modern - and strives for monumentality, divinity and quiet brutality. Through paint and line I seek to capture the light of existence, that “gleaming fire”, as well as to portray its gravity. I strive to celebrate the figure, its mysterious power and charisma. Like a purging fire, I hopes to burn away the ornament, the unnecessary, in order to expose the purity beneath.
My recent work involves the sgraffito technique of scraping away a wet layer of white latex paint to create lines and forms with the black base beneath, as well as the application of thin washes of black latex lifted away to create form.
“…and around his head the fair goddess set thick a golden cloud, and forth from the man made blaze a gleaming fire… there he stood and shouted… and when they heard the brazen voice of the son of Aeacus the hearts of all were dismayed.” – Homer, The Iliad”
Boy, fishing, latex paint on canvas, 25” x 50” (diptych), $625 (stretched)
To view more of his work visit - www.derekoverfield.com
Just like you imagined.