An Homage to Paul Rubens’s ‘The Feast of Venus’

Elizabeth Torak revisited and revised Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece, The Feast of Venus, by changing the cast of characters and transposing the action from a garden to a kitchen. By setting the story in a kitchen, Torak alluded to Venus’s original role as a goddess of the hearth. Here are some of her preliminary sketches for the giant Feast of Venus I (oil, 60 x 108); the entire process spanned the course of four years. Read the full story about Torak’s homage to The Feast of Venus and more in The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012).

Compositional Studies for Feast of Venus 1

Compositional studies for Feast of Venus 1

Study for Sous Chef Adding Salt (charcoal drawing, 23 x18)

Study for Sous Chef Adding Salt (charcoal, 23 x18)

Study for The Feast of Venus I (oil on linen, 10x8)

Study for The Feast of Venus I (oil on linen, 10×8)

The Feast of Venus I (oil, 60x108)

The Feast of Venus I (oil, 60×108) by Elizabeth Torak

 

Elizabeth Torak’s husband Thomas, also an artist, painted her at work on The Feast of Venus I for his own series, Women In Art:

Women In Art III, Painting the Feast of Venus (oil, 40x48)

Women In Art III, Painting the Feast of Venus (oil, 40×48) by Thomas Torak

Read the full story about Torak’s homage to The Feast of Venus and more in The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012). Subscribe today and don’t miss an issue!

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