That's not ND!

I mentioned last week that I started watching a show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne.  It's a gas!

Miss Fisher's boudoir is supposed to reflect her hyper-fashionably avant garde character, but the art choices are...curious.  Her walls are covered in miniaturized versions of fine art.

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For example, I circled the tiny version of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignion. Picasso painted this piece of art in 1907, exhibited it in 1916, and then rolled it up an stored it until 1924, when he sold it to a private collector.  At which time I assume Miss Fisher had a mini made.  

There must be a similar back story to her Modigliani nude.  Modigliani painted this series in 1917 (and died in 1920 of tubercular meningitis + poverty + overwork + alcoholism + drug addiction = perfect storm).  Luckily Miss Fisher is so plugged in that she had a copy made...or is it an undocumented original?

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

And yes, she has a Klimt too.

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

When you do design work for tv/movies/etc, as I do, you are completely fixated on finding art that is ND (nondescript).  You would never-ever-in-a-million-years put art on a wall that is recognizable.  You wouldn't even use art that you found in a garage sale, or art that you bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  There are prop houses that will rent you art, but even they won't confirm in writing that the art is completely copyright-free.  Everyone is so afraid of getting sued that many designers just make the art themselves so they know exactly where it comes from.  

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

A work around that you see quite a lot is the mass-produced metal art.  Yes, it's still sculptural, but somehow you can get away with it.