My guy shared this with me, and I thought it was one of the awesomest things ever, so I'm sharing with y'all:
Self-taught artist's nude portrait of a friend recovering from breast cancer gets a place in the Louvre next to Rembrandt

What's not to love about this story?

It's awesome enough to hear the story of these two women and what they've been through in their friendship. Seeing that they have both overcome and achieved this great accomplishment together is very touching. My favorite quote is:

'The whole point of doing it in the first place was to remove the stigma attached to mastectomies and the idea that people think it is grotesquely disfiguring,' she said. 'I wanted my portrait to show it is not an ugly thing.'
And she does manage to capture the beauty and happiness of her friend's life in her painting.

But what makes this even better, IMO, is this:
The nude painting of her will go on display next month as part of an exhibition devoted to 'the changing face of breast cancer'.
How awesome is it that one of the world's most famous museums is having an entire exhibition about the changing face of breast cancer? I think this idea of looking at breast cancer as a celebration for the people who've been touched by it is inspiring. And to have it done at the Louvre adds an interesting layer because it's a bit unexpected. By definition, the Louvre is a place of beauty and emotion, so even though it's unexpected, it's certainly welcome.


At Wed Dec 17, 10:39:00 PM Prima Donna Momma said...

This is amazing.

At Fri Dec 19, 03:48:00 PM Leslie said...

Fantastic painting and Bravo to the museum for bringing awareness to the cause!

Glad to have come to your site today. I enjoyed reading your posts and thoughts and I signed the PP petition as well.

Thanks for sharing,



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