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The yellow hat, acrylic, gesso, conte, pastel, on paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2020.


“The Girl from Ipanema”, an old time classic song and the true story behind it, inspired this painting. The song, written in 1962 by the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinicius de Moraes, refers to the melancholy of a man who admires the beauty of a girl that “passes by” without paying any attention to him.


The two artists used to spend their afternoons in a small bar, located on the beach of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, from where they had the opportunity to admire the beautiful girls of the area. Among them they spotted Heloisa Pinto, a 17 years old girl, whose great looks and grace inspired them to write their beautiful song.


Over the years “The Girl from Ipanema” went on and succeeded to become the second-most recorded popular song in history, whilst the muse Heloisa, got involved in the modelling and fashion business, becoming better known with the name Helô Pinheiro.


Helô’s face is roughly painted in black and white as she is “full of light and full of grace, but with a rather sad look in her face, which reveals the feeling that youth passes and beauty isn’t ours to keep”. More emphasis has been given on her flashy yellow hat, (yellow stands for sunshine, hope, happiness, positivity, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy). The hat brim follows an op art structure, favorite style of the 60s.


Keywords: smyrnios, painting, iconic, portrait, girl, hat, ipanema, yellow, blue, op art, pop art, rhythm, geometry, music, song, melancholy, 60s
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