Molly By: Molly

Piece of Cake, 1987

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!!

  • Trish Mayo 6y

    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.
  • rasputina2 6y

    Maybe there was something wrong with the cake.
  • Molly 6y

    Cake drives me crazy but in a good way.
  • Karen 6y

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