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all squares are size 4x4 inches (10x10 cm)

this blog might be a bit neglected at the moment, as i´m working on an altered book quite the same style as these squares... so you better visit my main blog mixedmediafun for more posts... thank you!

Montag, 24. Mai 2010

mixed media monday: "marie antoinette"



i always wonder where the hype around marie antoinette is coming from? is it her extravagant fashion and hair style, her irresponsible life of luxury? i really can´t relate to this admiration...
marie antoinette had a life i never would want to trade for... married at the age of 14 (!) by political reasons... being exposed to a network of intrigues at the french court... if you can believe the historians: not extremly intelligent - somewhat mediocre and not charismatic... always under the pressure to "produce" a heir to the throne... thank you very much!! and finally executed under the guillotine (and hastily buried for the next twenty years in a mass grave...) - isn´t such a life just HORRIBLE?!!
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woher kommt eigentlich dieser hype um marie antoinette? von ihren extravaganten kleidern und frisuren, einem unverantwortlichen luxusleben? mir ist es ein relatives rätsel, ich kann damit herzlich wenig anfangen...
marie antoinette hatte ein leben, mit dem ich nicht um alles tauschen wollte... mit 14 jahren (!) "politisch" verheiratet... am frz. hof vielen intrigen ausgesetzt... wenn man den historikern glauben darf: selbst nicht übermäßig intelligent - eher durchschnittlich und auch nicht charismatisch... ständig unter dem druck, einen thronfolger zu "produzieren"... na vielen dank auch!! und schlussendlich unter der guillotine hingerichtet (und dann erstmal zwanzig jahre lang in einem massengrab verscharrt...) - so ein leben ist doch einfach FURCHTBAR!!

Kommentare:

Rosie hat gesagt…

Very true Johanna... she was as much maligned as she was admired (for her beauty). I have always found her a rather sad and tragic figure - so little going on in that pretty head!! I love your take on the challenge!

Sandy hat gesagt…

Ha wie schräg und absolut obercool.
Ich mag Deinen Sinn für Humor. Grandios.

Fabric Art hat gesagt…

Oh my Marie without her head, and you are right she must have had a horrible life, wonderful piece.
Anni

joanna hat gesagt…

Off with her head! great take on this challenge Johanna! love it!

indybev hat gesagt…

At last someone voices my feelings about Marie Antoinette! I've never understood Marie Mania. Your art is descriptive of her sad life, Johanna. Good work.

Lori Saul hat gesagt…

This piece does embrace the darker side of Marie's life but I'm sure there were some moments of beauty and joy ( her children, love of the garden). It's hard to know the real truth from history, books and film but I think her mystique comes from the classic "she has everything/ she has nothing story. Your entry is wonderfully creative and thought provoking Johanna!

Kristin hat gesagt…

Such a great piece! You are right too - it sounds like she had such a tragic life - I can't imagine the pressure? But I do get the fascination with all the glamour and beauty of the time that she represents - it was a fun challenge because of it!
This is such a cool take on the theme - I love the way your art is so expressive, Kristin xo

Taluula hat gesagt…

Johanna this is a wonderful and thought provoking take on the challenge.

Silvia hat gesagt…

Wohl wahr, eine tragische Figur... tauschen möchte ich auch nicht. Du hast das Thema klasse umgesetzt, gefällt mir super gut.

Marilyn Rock hat gesagt…

This is wonderful and you're so right in that Marie certainly had a provocative life. xxoo

Diana Evans hat gesagt…

clever take on the theme!!!! scary to even imagine her life

Rosie hat gesagt…

Huhu Johanna,
das ist sowas von obercool. Ich bin hellauf begeistert von Deinem makabren Werk. Klasse gewerkelt.

Viele Grüße
Rosie

Martina2801 hat gesagt…

Ha-ha-ha, ich schmeiß mich weg! Du hast so einen wunderbaren "schwarzen" Humor....aber ich kann Deine Sichtweise nachvollziehen und Du hast ja auch vollkommen Recht.
Jedenfalls ist Dein Werk wieder mal 1. Sahne!

The Reclusive Goddess hat gesagt…

Once again proving that reality is overrated! I enjoyed your take on the theme. Wonderful piece!

Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies hat gesagt…

Hi Johanna, Well, I have a squeamish stomach, so I had to look through half closed eyes :) but I agree that her life was tragic and sad on so many levels. Perhaps romantic at times, too, but certainly also darker and much more complex. I like Bev's entry too since she uses some images that hint of the complex issues of the times. ~Sharon

Diane hat gesagt…

I agree with your sentiments about Marie Antoinette, Johanna - and I love your piece of art! Fantastic! Diane

Heavens2Betsy hat gesagt…

Fabulous artwork Johanna. Your Marie piece is very dramatic. She was tragic yet decadent - I guess her life was one of huge contradictions! Penny x

Nancy Dooren ~ Nans hat gesagt…

This one is really creepy! But i love it! Thanx for playing with the challenge!