RANDOM READS

The Painted Lady

May 10, 2011

The Painted Lady of Edgecliff

Driving east from Kings Cross to the more sedate Eastern Suburbs, commuters pass the Painted Lady of Edgecliff, in a concrete alcove where New South Head Road meets Darling Point Road.

For more than twenty years French-born artist Bruno Dutot has maintained and tweaked his painting of “Rochelle,” a stylised figure with her back to the viewer and a cat at her feet.

Dutot, a fan of variations on a theme, has reworked his picture over 300 times. Rochelle’s dress changes colour, or transforms into a formal ball gown. She is painted with peace doves or a love heart, and different slogans, often in praise of beauty and support of peace.

Painted Lady Edgecliff

Not everyone is hot for Dutot’s doodling. One morning in January 2009 the willowy woman was gone. Vandals (or art critics) had painted over her – leaving a fresh white canvas for the unperturbed artist to start afresh.

“Why someone covered it over, I don’t know,” Dutot told the Wentworth Courier. “A person might have been upset because I didn’t paint anything new for the new year.”

Dutot admits he doesn’t know what drives him to paint the lady over and over, and over, again. “I’ve never really asked myself. She is just inside me when I paint. She is my muse,” he said. “And why not a lady? She is the most beautiful thing in the universe.”



MORE


Comments (1)

 

  1. cathy says:

    My family and i used to live in Mosman during 2004-2006. Everyday when I picked up my son at Scotts College we loved to look at your painted lady. We especially loved when you changed her every so often. That holds many happy memories for me and my boys!!

Leave a Reply



MORE RANDOM READS


Penrith

The Placid Pugilist

The Placid Pugilist

With three professional fights to his name Ben Wrotniak is far from a seasoned boxer. You can imagine people still describing the 26-year-old as “a good kid.”

3 Comments




Cheap Feeds

Pigging Out

Pigging Out

In the bain-maire at Four Seasons Chicken Spot in Kings Cross, the pickings are slim but fatty.

No Comments




Alexandria

Santa on the Street Corner

Santa on the Street Corner

A month out from Christmas Santa is at work on the streets of Alexandria trying to illicit a beep from drivers.

No Comments




Sydney

Dragons, Gorillas and Giant Shoes

Dragons, Gorillas and Giant Shoes

A picture’s worth a thousand words. Enjoy a roughly-written 5000 word essay on 24-hours in Sydney.

No Comments




Animals

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life

On a narrow street in Newtown a giant dog towers above the traffic. Passers-by double take at the massive sculpture. Cars slow down as they pass the trailer it sits on, and come to a stop as drivers stare.

No Comments




History

Sydney's Missing Islands

Sydney’s Missing Islands

Three of our islands exist only in name because they have been sold by mysterious debtors. We demand to know: Where are our islands? And who got the money?

1 Comment




History

Sydney's Footpath of Fame

Sydney’s Footpath of Fame

If you’ve wasted money visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA, it will sting you to find out you could have had the same thrill closer to home.

No Comments




Events

The Million Poos Walk

The Million Poos Walk

The RSPCA’s fundraising day was full of good intentions. But Jeremy Chunn found that with thousands of well-fed dogs, the scene soon turned ugly.

No Comments




Music

Karaoke is No Drag

Karaoke is No Drag

Scruffy Murphy’s is not just home to cheap schnitzel and discount jugs of beer. On Wednesday nights it adds a touch of glamour as it hosts Drag Queen Karaoke.

No Comments




Art

Protest Blocked

Protest Blocked

How the depressing daily journey into work was made just a little more depressing, so the people of Pine Street could get a good night’s sleep.

Comments Off





Copyright © 2014 Sydney Outsider. All Rights Reserved