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Photography: Digital, Color, Dye Transfer, Manipulated on Paper.
A portrait of Wanrong, the last empress of China and final ruler of the Qing Dynasty. Her husband's neglect and personal tragedies led to her addiction to Opium -- which had been smuggled into the port of Canton by the British. After the Russian invasion, the Qing dynasty was deposed and Wanrong was arrested and imprisoned for the rest of her life. 孝恪愍皇后郭博勒氏
Digital composite and painting printed on archival Fuji crystal semigloss paper. Other sizes available.
When I first saw a tiny, degraded photo of the Empress on Wikipedia, I became obsessed with her face and searched for a large color portrait, but found none. Using a digital paintbrush I constructed this work restoring this intriguing woman of history to her former beauty. The background is a digitally altered and digitally painted 17th century view of Canton, attributed to the Dutch painter Johannes Vinckboons.
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