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Imitation Self

January 31, 2012

by Natalie d’Arbeloff

Imitation Self by Nartalie d'Arbeloff
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Four self-portraits, more or less in the manner of four Old and New Masters I admire and envy for all the ways in which they are unlike me: Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Bacon — all burning with single-minded dedication to their work while I flicker and flit.

Painted digitally in 2006 on my Wacom graphic tablet as part of a series posted on my blog, Blaugustine.


Born in Paris, raised in South America, USA and Europe, Natalie d’Arbeloff lives in London and has dual nationality, British-American. Her father was Russian, her mother French. Her alter ego is the cartoon character Augustine and her blog is Blaugustine where she sometimes interviews God, among other celebrities. See her website for more about her work as a painter, printmaker, book-artist and cartoonist.

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  1. January 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for including my imitations, Siona and Dave. It’s a thrill to be in qarrtsiluni again, and in such stimulating company.

  2. January 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    I enjoyed these very much, and I like the whole concept of this issue!

  3. January 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I love these. I think I saw them on Blaugustine some time back, but they’re still just wonderful!

  4. January 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    These are perfect in this issue, and delightful pieces that I’m happy to revisit.

  5. February 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

    It’s amazing… each photo has deepest meaning. They remain me as Van Gogh painting. And the best is you did it with your wacom tablet.. Cool..

  6. February 1, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I couldn’t stop looking at these! I especially love the addition of your fuchsia t-shirt in the van Gogh imitation!

  7. February 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

    These are splendid, Natalie — both as echoes of the masterworks and as echoes of you!

  8. February 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    These are brilliant and SO cool – great to see them here!

  9. owcnblog
    February 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love this. Have you seen Alberto Muñoz Molina’s recent piece on the dogged perseverance of the artist? http://antoniomuñozmolina.es/2012/01/trabajar-siempre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trabajar-siempre

  10. February 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you very much to all, I appreciate these comments immensely. And thanks for the terrific quote from Muñoz Molina which I would like to be tattooed on my heart and brain!

  11. February 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Superb! I love the joy and wit in these. Well done, Natalie!

  12. February 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Marvelously thought-provoking work in terms of imitation but especially in terms of perspective–the artist’s perspective, the viewer’s perspective, and one’s sense of who one is as an individual. Also very funny, some of them. Cindy Sherman even comes to mind…Nice!

  13. parmanu
    February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Ah, brilliant!

  14. February 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm


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