Piece of Cake, 1987

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    D.J. Hall, American, born 1951

    Colored pencil on paper

    Hall, the Los Angeles-based artist seated at right, based this lifelike drawing and a related painting on a photograph she took in spring 1986, just before she suffered an emotional and physical breakdown.

    The drawing's vivid colors, bright sun, and festive atmosphere belie the artist's troubles. Despite the sitters' cheerful camaraderie, Halls' companion at left was not a family member or friend but a local woman she hired to pose with her for her composition.

    God I love a work of art with an intriguing back story!!

    1. Trish Mayo 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing the story behind this painting - on the surface it seems such a happy moment but she had to hire someone to pose with her that's sad.

    2. rasputina2 55 months ago | reply

      Maybe there was something wrong with the cake.

    3. Maulleigh 55 months ago | reply

      Cake drives me crazy but in a good way.

    4. vidalia_11 55 months ago | reply

      There is some hysteria to this. I hope she recovered.

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