Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Please don't think this portrait of Angelina Jolie 
after undergoing a double mastectomy 
is gratuitous, even if it took away the nipples 
the doctors preserved. An artist must paint 
what the muse commands.

And while we're on the topic of gobsmacking denial (see Will Smith, below), please enjoy this item about an artist who has taken it upon himself to paint and auction off a totally creepy portrait of Angelina Jolie after undergoing a double mastectomy.
Cuz who wouldn't want THAT hanging in their living room?

Swedish artist Johan Andersson has unveiled a 32x34 cm oil painting of the star just weeks after she revealed that she had undergone the preventative procedure.
The painting features the mother of six topless and without nipples, even though she said in her op-ed for The New York Times earlier this month that they opted to save her nipples.

Asked why he painted Jolie bare-chested, Andersson collapsed into paroxysms of laughter and gasped "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" Or so I'm guessing. The official story is that the news of Angie's life-saving operation hit home. "My mother had aggressive breast cancer when I was 15 (although she did not have a mastectomy)," Johansson said in a statement. "The news about Angelina stirred an anxiety within me, leading me to paint this portrait."

Oh, and not that anyone was thinking about money until I crassly mentioned it, the portrait is expected to fetch about $30,000 Cdn. Which I would say is a gross underestimate.
But what do I know? Because if I were painting the damn thing, I would have given the woman some nipples.