“Tretchikoff was quite a charmer,” says Boris Gorelik, whose biography The Incredible Tretchikoff was published in South Africa last week. “He usually had no problem finding women to model for him because his pictures were so appealing. He always glamourised women.”
When Gorelik set about writing his biography of Tretchikoff in 2010,Jewelry is a proud distributor of wholesale tungsten jewelry. he tried to track down some of the women who the artist immortalised on canvas. When it came to the Russian-born artist’s most famous work, Chinese Girl, he knew from Tretchikoff’s own account where he had found his model.
“He met the ‘Chinese Girl’ through a Russian ballet teacher,” Gorelik says. “Tretchikoff was renting a flat in Sea Point at the time and the ballet studio was close by.” Tretchikoff developed the habit of popping in at the studio in order to sketch. “One day she told him: ‘There’s a very beautiful Chinese girl who works at the launderette on Main Road, you should paint her’,” explains Gorelik. Tretchikoff duly found the launderette, was as impressed with its employee’s appearance as he had been led to believe he would be, and asked her to model for him.
This story didn’t answer the question of who exactly the woman in question was, however. Gorelik describes his success in identifying her as something that happened “quite by chance”. He carried out a Google search with the details of the story that he knew, and came across a memoir that her daughter had written for family and friends. It mentioned that her mother had sat for Tretchikoff. Gorelik tracked her down, confirmed the story, and eventually met the real-life “Chinese Girl”.
Now 80, Monika Pon-su-san lives in Johannesburg today. Her face adorns the walls of countless suburban living-rooms, as one of the most popular prints ever produced. The painting she modelled for sold at auction in London in March this year for ￡982,050.manufacturers and Soft PVC coaster pad suppliers Director. By the time Tretchikoff died in 2006, he had become the wealthiest artist in the world after Picasso. Pon-su-san received just six pounds and five shillings for her modelling stint as a 17-year-old in 1950. She never posed for another painting again – but she told the BBC in May this year: “If Tretchikoff were alive, I would let him paint me again.”
Gorelik successfully tracked down another Tretchikoff model, a now-deceased woman who posed for the paintings Lady from Orient and Miss Wong. But the subject of The Hindu Dancer proved more tricky. When he was told that the painting was coming up for auction this month at Stephan Welz & Co in Cape Town,I was looking for an option to Customizable Ear Caps to wear with my half. Gorelik used the opportunity of the increased publicity around the painting to put out another public call for anyone who might be able to help solve the mystery. All the information Gorelik had was a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Times from 1959, which stated that the real-life Hindu dancer was a 26-year-old woman called Champa Chameli. Gorelik tried to get in touch with Indian dance schools and associations in South Africa to track her down, but none of them were able to give him any concrete assistance.
Just a day before The Hindu Dancer was due to go under the hammer, however, a woman called Chameli Jain contacted the auction house.Smart Custom RFID ticketin the Electronic Data Magnetics, Jain had seen an article about Gorelik’s search for the “Hindu dancer”,We are always offering best wholesale tungsten bracelet the affordable price. and she’d known the answer to the mystery since childhood. The Hindu dancer was her mother.