Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut. Gift of the Estate of George Deem, 2013.Accession Number 2013.10.1
| Image Notes
Ingres, Turkish Bath (Detail), 1863, Louvre, Paris; Man Ray, Noire et blanche, 1926, photograph; Matisse, The Blue Eyes, 1935, Cone Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art. The Man Ray photograph is sometimes titled Composition.
| Artist's Notes
Saturday Afternoon (1995) was inspired by a photograph of Kiki de Montparnasse by the American artist Man Ray. Kiki, a French artist's model, was Man Ray's companion in Paris from 1922 to 1926. The photograph, Noire et blanche (1926) shows Kiki's head lying sideways on a reflective surface. I thought of similar images of women's heads in The Turkish Bath (1863) by Ingres and in The Blue Eyes (1935) by Matisse. One Saturday afternoon, I made a drawing of the three images, Ingres on the left, Matisse on the right, Man Ray between them. The drawing became the study for the oil painting, completed several weeks later on another Saturday afternoon. (George Deem, How ToPaint A Vermeer: A Painter's History of Art, Thames & Hudson, 2004. 116)