Miss Van, ‘Black Mask Dancing Hair’, 2013, Julien's Auctions
Miss Van, ‘Black Mask Dancing Hair’, 2013, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 27 x 34 in.

As one of the most notable women in Street Art, Miss Van has been painting her women on the street since 1993. Her muses embody sensuality and explore the intimacies of femininity with masked coifed women with swollen red lips, rouged cheeks, pink nipples and bustier, reminiscent of 1930’s French cabaret. Black Mask Dancing Hair beautifully incorporates the elements that Miss Van is known for including, their the long hair and mask. Her work has been characterized by, “women who, like Messalina, queen of wild hearts, have declined this fate, twining themselves in a dangerous seductive spiral... The potion that Miss Van gives us is double-edged: it may inebriate and flourish but it may also poison and wither who will drink it. But isn’t it so, in the end, that seduction and power have the same substance?”

Signature: Signed, dated and titled on verso in black ink

Soze Gallery Collection

About Miss Van

A trailblazing street artist, Miss Van (née Vanessa Alice Bensimon) has been creating her signature sloe-eyed, full-lipped, darkly burlesque poupée (doll) paintings since the age of twenty, when she was living in her hometown of Toulouse, France. Her poupées are provocative, erotic, and uninhibitedly sexual, and function as an extension of the artist’s feelings. Now based in Barcelona, Miss Van focuses almost exclusively on studio art. Since shifting from the outdoors to an indoor setting, Miss Van’s poupées have grown increasingly refined due to the artist’s exploration of new materials and techniques. Her recent “Ballerina” series features poupées in anthropomorphic masks. The images are inspired by vintage erotic portraiture and address themes of identity, fetish, and freedom.

French, b. 1973