Blue Movie recalls Matisse's Blue Nude (1907) that was a scandalous image when it was first revealed to the French public in 1907 at the Société des Artistes Indépendants and later at the historic Armory Show of 1913 in New York City. In the place of realism, Dumas' tactic, like Matisse's, is a psychological probing that eschews clarity of identity or race. The color blue becomes a conduit through with themes of universal eroticim are championed.
Furthermore, the delicately painted Blue Movie stands as a commentary on the state of painting today. It demonstrates how the medium of paint continues to be relevant in the contemporary arena, particularly when tackling provocative topics such as extreme eroticism, the sex economy, and the role of women within both. While Dumas' painting never fails to be enigmatic, Blue Movie is a refined example of artistic control—the perfect balance of suggestion and discretion, a work of faultless seduction.
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