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Caroline (Ruby Cumming, after Leo Bensemann)

Caroline (Ruby Cumming, after Leo Bensemann) (2017)
Archival pigment Print, Edition of 15, 38cm x 46cm.

Caroline (Ruby Cumming, after Leo Bensemann)
This performance painting was a live, special event hosted by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington, on 11 March 2017. With Ruby Cumming acting as my ‘living canvas’ I recreated Leo Bensemann’s 1940’s portrait of his friend, Caroline Oliver, alongside the exhibition, Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group, curated by art historian Peter Simpson.

Caroline Oliver, by Leo Bensemann (1940)

Photo credit: Ruby Eade

Photo credit: Ruby Eade

Photo credit: Ruby Eade

Photo credit: Ruby Eade


Ruby Cumming poses with Leo Benseman’s original painting, ‘Caroline Oliver’ (1940), holding the completed portrait of herself as ‘Caroline’ at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, March 2017.