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In this Joe Hargan painting ''High Art'' - the central image is of the famous Venetian church called ‘Santa- Maria- Della- salute’, as painted by Singer Sargent. The image on the right is based on a three-quarter length portrait of ‘Isabel Valle’ again by Singer Sargent. The image on the left is a ‘Portrait of a girl with a book’ - a Joe Hargan inspired by the style of Sargent.

The amateur artist on the ladder aspires to reach the artistic height of his muse on the Corinthian column. The term ‘High Art’ or ‘High culture’ which society esteem as exemplary art is often traditional and classical. Here the visual joke is that the nude/muse is physically higher. The amateur painter who struggles, above his head and abilities, to get the finish of the professional.

On the plinths are a burger, the ubiquitous food, and books and wine learning/knowledge and fruits of your labours. The dogs add a humorous note as they view the burger as a burger/food and not metaphor.

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High Art

Price: £9,200
Type: Oil
Size: 40 x 40 inches

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