13 Verity Street, Melbourne
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1990
'Lindy Lee Black + Black + Black', 13 Verity Street, Michael Wardell Gallery, Melbourne 1 -24 November 1990
M Chiu, B Genocchio, 'Lindy Lee', Art and Australia, 2001, illus.p. 30
'Philosophy of the Parvenu' features the distinctive duotone treatment for which Lee is best known. Her restrained use of black against a field of Prussian blue yields an intensely deep image. Here a photocopy of a face is repeated fourteen times in the work. The image begins as a recognizable face taken from J.A.D Ingres, 'La Grande Odalisque' (1814).
Through a process of photocopying the reproduced image by Ingres, and by continually cycling that image through a photocopier, Lee creates a succession of images that increasingly lose detail with each copy, becoming darker and less like the original.