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Kristen, she is a stand alone amongst all of patrick's works. i can find no other nagel in which the nagel woman focuses on her reservation so dominantly and securely. she is the complete opposite of the nagel women in the Lucky Strike ad campaign (p79 of the book) or Black Bustier who are confident but not so confident that they dont feel they need to exaggerate it (the former is, selling something); no reservation there btw. or most any other nagel, except for perhaps Seated Man whose strongest characteristic is his rolled shoulders. but then that is a man. and he is inwardly focused and reflecting. and the view is from the side. and he does not engage the viewer as does Kristen.
of patrick's works, only Michelle and Cleo are so engaging the viewer (Mirage is too offended and indifferent, flipping you off with her shoulder; another shoulder study though) as Kristen. in fact, i would consider these three triplets. but where as Michelle's business attire demands a feeling of respect and professionalism thus keeping the viewer at a distance, Kristen draws you in. she dares you with that stare: "go ahead, take me"; i mean, heck, she is naked. she doesn't hide behind anything. and Cleo, my baby, she, ummm, i dont know what to feel about Cleo yet. perhaps that is one of the reasons i want her. and Kristen, she doesn't need to bat her eyelashes either. she knows she doesn't need a single additional effort to get any guy, most any guy, to trip over his own feet. Art Expo Ca comes not quite close to Kristen's demureness as the nagel woman is obviously attempting to hide her face beneath a raised shoulder, and with the turned back -an additional characteristic of demure- it is not a portrait, more of a study of what a woman can do with her shoulder.
Invitation could be considered in comparison to Kristen's demureness because of the two main focus elements: direction of the glance -down and to the side- which is so primary to the piece and the facial expression which is soft but also lost or elsewhere focused. but demure needs the wearer of it to be aware of both the surroundings (the onlooker) and one's own emotional expression, for which Kristen exudes so confidently. neither of the other two, btw, engage the viewer with their demureness.
artbrokerage.com "Kristen" says signed and numbered 109/250, perhaps the broker added the proofs to the numbered run? more likely some poor research pulling up Nagel Nagel signed production numbers. even so, at $3,000, she does not attempt to engage a potential owner. if i didnt enjoy Cleo so much, the same model i understand, i would have Kristen immediately. hmmm, in the wrong context, that doesn't sound good. but my point is, when i look at Kristen, i could give up the vows i've never taken. no other nagel does that so well.
photos of Kristen, artbrokerage.com, Seated Man from tbfa.com
Last Edited By: waywardtom Nov 19 14 1:17 AM. Edited 2 times