Green Lady for sale

chinese-girl-3The painting of one of the world’s most famous women — copied, possibly,  more often than images of Marilyn Monroe or the Mona Lisa — will be up for auction in London and could fetch up to $800,000

It’s Vladimir Tretchikoff’s  green lady, Monika Sing-Lee, believed to be the world’s most widely-reproduced print, says RT.

“A Russian émigré who settled in South Africa, Tretchikoff claimed that by the end of his career he had sold half a million large-format reproductions of the ‘Chinese Girl’ print worldwide. This doesn’t include smaller print versions,”  says the story, adding:

“Having spent his childhood in Harbin after his family fled Russia, Tretchikoff later moved to Shanghai, where he worked in advertising and commercial illustration until 1934.

MSl2“The ‘Chinese Girl’ is said to be inspired by the sitter Monika Sing-Lee whom the artist spotted in Cape Town and asked her to model for him.”

Jon Newton — myblogdammit

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