Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Actress Julianne Moore: Channeling the Muses of the Masters

Julianne Moore has always impressed me as an actress. Now the actress has stepped out of the realm of the silver screen and into the art arena. Channeling the persona of various muses painted by the great masters of fine art, Moore possesses an uncanny resemblance to these women who have been immortalized on canvas.

The photographs were taken by famous fashion photographer, Peter Linderbergh, for a vintage issue of Harper's Bazaar. Moore's facial expressions change to fit each category of time. In the photo portraying the Seated Woman With Bent Knee by Egon Schiele, one can detect the simmering emotions so often hidden beneath the surface in the women of that day. In John Currin's The Cripple we see a woman's ability to smile in the midst of adversity and pain, revealing insurmountable strength and beauty that reaches deep beyond the surface.

These photos have an eerie precision--from the poses right down to the detail and/or simplicity of the garments. They are indicative of the "fashion imitates art" trend that is still prevalent in many of today's elaborate fashion photo shoots.

For more of these beautifully executed photographs, visit, Julianne Moore as Famous Works of Art.

Julianne Moore by Peter Lindbergh
"Madame X" by John Singer Sargent

Julianne Moore by Peter Lindbergh
"The Cripple" by John Currin

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, I have not seen these before. How spectacular! I agree, Julianne Moore is both beautiful and a fantastic actress. She captures the emotions and movements of the paintings beautifully. What I'm also realizing is that even before fashion magazines and super thin models, women have been portrayed with impossibly thin waists! Eeek.



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