Maria Balshaw

© Carla van Puttelaar,

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Maria Balshaw

by Carla van de Puttelaar
inkjet print, 2018
25 5/8 in. x 17 7/8 in. (650 mm x 455 mm) image size
Purchased with a grant from The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, 2019
Photographs Collection
NPG x200779

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Here Balshaw is photographed by Carla van de Puttelaar for 'Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World', an ongoing project that celebrates and empowers women working in the creative industries. Van de Puttelaar took inspiration from Renaissance portraiture for this series, using natural light and a dark background, an approach that simultaneously creates theatricality and intimacy. References to art historical traditions are balanced in this portrait with the bold contemporary design of Balshaw’s outfit and her dynamic pose.

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