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un marlin bleu, blue marlin

Gwenn Seemel
Lost grander club, girls only (Blue marlin fish)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

I was having trouble with the background of this painting early on. But when I started looking at books of Gustav Klimt’s work to prepare for this painting, suddenly I knew just how to stylize the water. To learn more about the making of Lost grander club, girls only, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

But girls can be more than twice as big as boys.

Blue marlin fish are prized among sport fishermen, and marlins weighing one thousand pounds are called “granders” in those circles. Only female blue marlins grow to that size or bigger. Males tend to be closer to three hundred pounds.