Bijou Gets Undressed 1 is a screen print from Julian Opie’s Bijou Gets Undressed series from 2004 that shows a woman, Bijou, in a series of five different poses as she unbuttons and removes her jeans. This print is depicted in Opie’s characteristic linear and simplified style that uses computer-drawing programmes to render a standardised version of the human figure.
Much like many of Opie’s figurative works, the model in this print is depicted with a blank circle as a head so as to create a highly stylised work that is instantly recognisable. Whilst using simplified shapes and thick, bold lines, Opie manages to capture the individuality of the model through details like clothes and in his depiction of movement. Subsequently, Bijou Gets Undressed 1 is an ambiguous and alluring print.
This print is indicative of Opie’s interest in animation in the way that his use of the horizontal composition gives the static image a sense of movement. Creating a sequence of five poses from photographs taken one after the other in quick succession, Bijou Gets Undressed 1 is a dynamic print that appears like a short loop animation. Despite the highly stylised element to this image, Opie captures the essence of the model through his depiction of her movements and gestures.