Lover's Eyes: Paintings by Tabitha Vevers
They say you can find out about a person just by looking at their eyes. The same applies to paintings in this series focusing on the eyes of some classical and modern works of art inspired by 18th century eye portraits that were given as gifts to secret lovers.
Inspired by 18th century Georgian eye portraits which were often commissioned as gifts for secret lovers, I began this series with images of women’s eyes excerpted from paintings by men such as Victorine Meurent's eye in Manet’s Olympia. Wherever possible I've titled the paintings with the model’s name, reversing the gaze by giving primacy to that of the model looking out, rather than the gaze of the original artist’s eye. Lover’s Eyes II portrays the eyes of men by male artists from a 500 year span of art history. Lover’s Eyes III will explore the contrasting depictions of women’s eyes by Man Ray and Picasso.