[Blue watercolor foot with cigarette]

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[Blue watercolor foot with cigarette]


Watercolor painting--United States--20th century. [LCSH]
Foot in art [LCSH]
Surrealism [LCSH]


Ink and watercolor painting of a person's right leg and foot, from the shin down, with a cigarette held between the first and second toes. The skin is painted a blue color, with the leg originating from the top edge of the paper, and the toenails are painted red. The blue of the skin varies in color from light, baby blue to darker blues, with the darker hues concentrated around the ankle, heel, instep, and along the left edge of the foot from the big toe to where the arch begins. The foot encompasses only half of the paper; the remaining paper has been left blank. It's not clear if the cigarette is lit or not; that end of the cigarette extends beyond the scope of the paper. The ink drawing outlines nearly the entire foot and adds details showing the location of the tendons on the instep of the foot, as well as the malleolus (the knobby bone on the side of the foot near the ankle). The pen outline doesn't quite extend all the way up the back of the calf, stopping about 1.5 centimeters from the edge of the paper. The paper is lighter-weight than many of the other watercolor papers in this collection, and more strongly textured. It is yellowed with age, and is further yellow-stained all along the edge on the side with the cigarette. The upper left-hand corner is lightly creased.


Gillett, Janice




All rights held by Acacia Williams


Material: ink and watercolor on paper
Extent: 20.8 x 30.6 cm


Physical object




Gillett, Janice, “[Blue watercolor foot with cigarette],” Wayne State University - School of Information Sciences, accessed May 24, 2024, https://waynestateu.omeka.net/items/show/548.