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Hernan Bas
Modern Painters

 It's all in the eyebrows. The faces of the young men in Bas's Bright Young Things actually vary little, with their pursed lips and youthful bone structure, yet the artist managers to capture a range of emotion. Consternation, captivation, and malaise play out in the backgrounds of vibrant, thickly painted scenes. The bohemian 1920s crowd photographed by Cecil Beaton, which served as inspiration for this series, is here reimagines in paintings that are as luxuriant and ornate as the parties thrown by that social set were purported to be.