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Bijou Gets Undressed 1

Bijou Gets Undressed 1
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 53cm x W 97cm

Critical Review

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.