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Reworked Portraits by Tamara de Lempicka on Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Underdog with portrait adapted from a work by artist Tamara De Lempicka 1928

In Agatha Christie's Poirot, The Underdog, a portrait painted by the artist Tamara de Lempicka in 1928 has been copied and the face altered to resemble the actor who plays the character Reuben Astwell. Tamara de Lempicka was a famous female artist of the Art Deco era and her works typify the style of the period.

The original: Portrait of Dr Boucard (1928) by Tamara de Lempicka

Another example is a portrait from the episode One, Two, Buckle my Shoe that borrowed heavily from two different painting by Tamara de Lempicka.

The boardroom scene in one,Two Buckle my Shoe features a portrait of a couple which was based on two separate portraits by by Tamara de Lempicka as seen below.

Portrait of Mrs Boucard by Tamara de Lempicka


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Tim Jenison Vermeer the Music Lesson

Tim Jenison Vermeer the music-lesson
Tim Jenison Vermeer the music-lesson

I recently watched the documentary Tim's Vermeer, and highly recommend it, even if you are not all that interested in art. It is a fascinating documentary film about an inventor with no previous experience of painting, Tim Jenison, who decided to duplicate the painting technique of Johannes Vermeer (the painter of The Girl With the Pearl Earring) and his remarkable results. In the course of preparing to duplicate the masterpiece he built a replica of Vermeer's studio and recreated the contents  of the room and lighting conditions seen in the original painting,  and ground his own lens for his own version of the camera obscura.

The Original Work:

A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'

A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'
Creator: Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632-Delft 1675) (artist)
Creation Date:
Oil on canvas
74.0 x 64.6 cm
Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014