Charlotte Corday Drawing by David Holcomb

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"Charlotte Corday", 2016, view of the framed arwork on my workbench.
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Charlotte Corday

David Holcomb

United States

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Size: 12 W x 12 H x 0.3 D in

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"Charlotte Corday", 2016, ink and acrylic on MDF, 30 x 30 cm. Inspired by the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David "The Death of Marat", this drawing refers to Charlotte Corday, the young woman who stabbed Marat to death in his bath as he was writing out his plans for what would come to be known as the Terror, in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Corday's act was inspired by her desire to free her country from the threat of a new tyranny that she believed Marat represented. My use of an eagle's feathers relates to the quill pen that Marat was writing with at the time of his death, and to the idea of freedom represented by the bird's power of flight. Corday, at her trial and execution, was unrepentant, saying that she "killed one man to save a hundred thousand".

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Drawing:Ink on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12 W x 12 H x 0.3 D in

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Born in Montgomery, Alabama, and raised in the rural Appalachian foothills of the northeastern part of the state, my childhood was surrounded by the natural world, the rigid social and cultural traditions of the deep South, the distant rumblings of 1960's social changes, and the panoramas of human existence revealed to me through reading, music and art. Most of my adult life has been spent working as a graphic designer in Birmingham, South Florida, and Dallas -- primarily in the television industry -- where I was immersed yet another hybrid universe, a fun-house world of ego, transitory celebrity, and social manipulation. These days I live and work in a cabin on the edge of the Ozark National Forest in northwest Arkansas, decompressing.

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