The Beatles collectively visited Japan only once and that too in 1966, but that hundred-hour visit had too many events crammed in it. One of it resulted in a painting titled Images of a Woman. Apparently the quartet was holed up in their VIP suite and was getting bored, till someone handed them some canvas and paints….
The result was this amazing painting that is being offered to a three-day auction extravaganza scheduled by Philip Weiss Auctions. The story goes like this, The Beatles were given a 30” by 40” canvas and to kill time, they started painting on it. A lamp was placed in the center of the canvas and each took up a corner. Working by the light of the lamp, each of them painted using oil paints and watercolors. Paul’s side features a symmetrical, psychedelic feel while John’s painting highlights a dark center surrounded by thick oils; George’s area was painted large and colorful and Ringo’s had a cartoon-like vibe to it.
A dedicated central white space was signed by all the Beatles. And once they finished with their painting adventure, the group gifted it to Tetsuaburo Shimoyama, the Beatles’ fan club president in Japan. Since then the painting has passed through a few hands and the current owner is a collector from Japan. For the moment, there is a lot of speculation as to what this painting will fetch, as it is a rare collectible. A collection of original John Lennon photos by Nishi Saimaru will also be in the auction.
[via Art Daily]