More Sphinx: a painting reference to Venus in Furs, a movie I went to see with Jo at one of the Wellington Film Festivals, probably around 2003-4. I'd started looking at the Symbolist painters in my 4th year at art school, specifically Von Stuck, Elschemius, Khnopff and Bernard, oh and the guy who did the pterodactyl with the glove - can't remember his name. I was stuck in my work and Peter Ireland suggested looking at that specific period of esthete painting.
A few years later, revisiting Von Stuck, re-listening to The Velvet Underground (song based on the book), listening to the new P J Harvey cd and watching a couple of Werner Herzog films (Klaus Kinski was in Venus In Furs), this painting (on the right) came out - called Religious Instruction. (oil on canvas, 2005)
I should have really wrung out the synchronicity by reading the Sacher-Masoch book that the movie was based on. Oh well...
I think what jogged my memory was going to see Hot Pink Bits by Penny Ashton on Saturday night - she mentioned Sacher-Masoch in her 'fetish' act.

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