In The Thief, my subject matter includes the face of a young gypsy woman in Georges De La Tour's The Fortune Teller. She is trying to steal the watch of a prosperous-looking man who is being distracted by an old fortune teller. I have included her enigmatic face in several paintings over the years, because her expression really fascinates me. De La Tour was a French artist from the 1500's who was extraordinary in his ability to portray candle light in his paintings. I set my gypsy girl against a dark background which has may floating, lit matched that she is eyeing surreptitiously, as my way of honoring his mastery of candle light.
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