Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick, made from finest hand dyed silks and cottons.

Bella Bride, The First Muse

Chagall’s Muse Bella
Art Muse by Marina Elphick. Marina makes inspired muses in fine hand dyed cottons and silks, in her UK studio.
Bella as bride, Chagall inspired muse.

Bella was my first muse after a prototype of Jane Morris. I was still experimenting and finding my way with my ideas and blog technology. I started to write about the lives of my muses later on, finding the research equally interesting to the design of the muse.

Bella’s life story can be read here.

I was inspired by the dream-like quality of Marc Chagall’s  bride paintings, which permeated his love for his wife Bella. I chose floaty, sheer fabrics to give a lightness and ethereal feel to my Bella muse.

Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Doll muses handmade by Marina in finest silks and hand dyed cottons, at her Sussex studio in UK.
Bella, Chagall’s muse.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Doll muses handmade by Marina in finest silks and hand dyed cottons, at her Sussex studio in UK.
Detail of veil, Chagall bride muse.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Art doll inspired by muses, individually hand made by UK artist Marina Elphick.
Veil with areas of Appliqué and hand painted imagery.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick.Doll muses handmade by Marina in finest silks and hand dyed cottons, at her Sussex studio in UK.
Detail of back of dress. Chagall Muse.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick, made from finest hand dyed silks and cottons. Art Doll muses handmade by Marina in finest silks and hand dyed cottons, at her Sussex studio in UK.
Bella, back lit, displaying her veil.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Art doll inspired by muses, individually hand made by UK artist Marina Elphick.
Shoe detail of Chagall bride. Painted and stitched.
Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick Art doll inspired by muses, individually hand made by UK artist Marina Elphick.
Detail of dress sleeves and bouquet. Chagall bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mages below show the working stages of creating this muse, which was a trial version. I hope to make more in future, possibly based on other Chagall paintings.

wedding-couple-in-paris
Wedding couple in Paris, by Marc Chagall.

This painting was one of my references for Chagall’s muse, although I decided to give Bella  green hair rather than a green face in this instance.

Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Art doll inspired by muses, individually hand made by UK artist Marina Elphick.
Detail of Bella.

 

Muse : The source of an artist’s inspiration.

 

Art Muse doll by Marina Elphick. Art dolls uniquely hand designed, commissions taken.
Bella and Jane, first Muses completed. Jane Morris was revised later.

Bella and Chagall’s love story continues, click here

 

Other 20th Century muses by Marina
Jeanne Hébuterne  Modigliani’s muse
Lydia Delectorskaya Matisse’ muse
Marie-Thérèse Walter Picasso’s muse
Emilie Flöge Klimt’s muse
Frida Kahlo muse
Teha-amana  Gauguin’s muse
Wally Neuzil
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5 thoughts on “Bella Bride, The First Muse

  1. Thanks for inviting us, Marina. They’re beautiful muse dolls – really exquisite! I love the way you have photographed Bella in natural settings. Also, thank you for introducing me to the work of Chagall. Looking forward to seeing more. Well done!

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  2. Marina, you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful images and now the dolls. You are so very talented. I can’t wait to see more of your dolls, too beautiful to ever part with. Brilliant.
    Ali xxx

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