Sunday, December 04, 2011
Kewpie doll - complete
Kewpie dolls go back to 1909, based on a comic strip-like illustration by Rosie O'Neill which appeared in Ladies Home Journal.
Their name, often shortened to "Kewpies", is derived from "cupid", the Roman god of beauty and – as Eros is the Greek version of Cupid – erotic love. The early dolls, especially signed or bisque, are highly collectible and worth thousands of dollars. The time capsule at the 1939 New York World's Fair contained a Kewpie doll. The term "Kewpie doll" is sometimes mistakenly applied to the troll doll.
This particular style of doll was awarded as a carnival prize and often collected and this is where my memory of them lies. They were a constant at the annual Regatta and I recall coming home with one attached to a stick from many of these events.
This is the completed painting in oils on 8" x 16" canvas panel. The underpainting was started a few days ago and left to dry before adding the final layers of paint.