Elective Affinities VIII

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou

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Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Bacchante with a Panther, 1860, oil on canvas, Shelburne Museum, Vermont

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Bacchante with a Panther, 1860, oil on canvas, Shelburne Museum, Vermont

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I must be one of the few people who actually liked The Counselor (here is one more). This Corot painting, with its overt sexuality, masked under superficial mythological guise, reminded me of both the cheetahs in Ridley Scott’s film, as well as their ruthless owner, portrayed by Cameron Diaz, who – unlike the languidly reclining nude – aggressively incarnates sexual power. For better and for worse.

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cheetah

cameron diaz

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