Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Britney Spears.

Britney Spears’ 2017 masterpiece took center stage at the pop star’s first-ever solo exhibition at Galerie Sympa in Figeac, France. Spears’ reps claim she has no official tie to the opening.

At the time of Spears’ artistic creation, the princess of pop posted a video painting a portrait of pastel flowers & squiggles and soundtracked it to Mozart.

The event in France, titled “Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!,” named after the painting’s caption posted to Britney’s socials, runs “till the world ends.” Interestingly, the gallery’s website features the hashtag #freebritney.

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We’re thrilled to announce that we will be opening @britneyspears first solo show in a contemporary art gallery on Saturday, the 18th of January 2020, from 6 to 9 pm#britneyspears#britneybitch 🤓😜💋💅🏻👩‍🎨🎨👯‍♀️👙👛👒👠🦄🦋🐠🌹💥💥#artsyfartsy#sometimesyoujustgottaplay

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BreatheHeavy Community member @coldasfire first posted about the painting in Exhale in a discussion titled Britney Da vinci.

Britney originally donated the piece to Vegas Cares, an auction to benefit the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. Late reporter Robin Leach purchased it for $10,000.

“The flowers in my painting represent a new beginning, and it’s in that spirit that we move forward,” Spears said at the time.

It’s unclear how the gallery obtained the painting, whether it’ll feature more of Spears’ original works in the future.

Three art experts analyze the painting.

Dazed contacted three professionals in the field of art – a history of art professor, and an art collector – to analyze an anonymous artist’s painting (they didn’t know it was Britney, *****).

Here’s what they had to say:

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Painting feels so therapeutic to me! Getting to do this with my boys on a beautiful day like this is such a blessing!!!

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Dr Amy Tobin, History Of Art Lecturer At Cambridge University

“To me, it looks like playing with expressive brush strokes and the limits of abstraction. Motif wise, you could connect it to Andy Warhol or feminism in terms of content and also in the feeling of movement. I could imagine it being postmodern and a kind of ironic commentary on the status of the image. On the other hand it could be very sincere, by an artist who sits outside of the canon, as obviously it doesn’t have the kind of rendering of most celebrated painters’ work. 

The feminism aspect of it could be in terms of a relationship to anti-high art, a sense of trying to redefine what a visual art practice might look like that might challenge what we think of as good, or would historically have been considered good at least. It could be playing with the language of feminine painterly practice. 

There seems to be some kind of idea behind it, the brush strokes are very considered and bold. In some way it seems an ironic play with abstract expressionism. There are lots of painters that work in that mode, like American painter Laura Owens. It is interesting to puzzle through what this might be because it does feel a very ironic work, that might be more about the artist than the thing itself.”

Amanda Wright, Art Therapist

“This person isn’t depressed in my view and seems quite energised. There are four flowers, so there’s some sort of relationship going on, perhaps a family. There’s a little, fifth flower outside, which is a mystery, it’s unformed, as though something is coming in and the other flowers don’t seem aware of it. Whatever’s coming in is not on the earth, it’s perhaps just a concept or a thought, but it’s not rooted. It could be a new idea, a new project, that is not in place yet – or the other group of flowers could be rejecting whatever that little flower means, throwing it out.

The middle of the flowers are orange, not yellow, it’s sort of a joyful, sunny disposition, but the fifth flower hasn’t got a middle – it’s outside the group, so it’s intriguing what that little flower represents. There’s no horizon, it’s very in the foreground, so I’d have thought the artist is not exactly visionary, they live in the day-to-day.

Looking at the colours, the pink denotes feeling, femininity, and the mauve purple colour can mean creativity. It looks as though the flowers at the top are sort of dominating the flowers underneath – it’s maybe a powerful person, but also an emotional, feeling person, incorporating a bit of wisdom with the purple.”

Robert Sandelson, Art Collector And Owner Of The British Art Fair

“Looking at some of the shapes, they’ve got that childlike quality of Jeff Koons, who does the flower things – daffodils they’ve been called, or a bunch of anuses. So there’s that sort of vibe going on, but it’s not an artistic thing, it’s more a childlike doodle. It wouldn’t get into my fairs, there’s no artistic mind behind it. There’s a difference between price and value – it might have gotten a high price, but it’s got no value. It’s not by a good artist, because a good artist wouldn’t riff on children’s pictures, which is what this is.”

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7 Responses

  1. Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 How’d they get it though? or is it a replica? And it’s a solo exhibition of Britney’s so there are more works of art? Also, if this is hers, why isn’t she promoting this. Also, we need the media to cover this so they know Britney’s also an artiste. 🎨

  2. I love how this article is.really sorta just making fun of her bc they’d never do that if a guy painted anything, itd sell a ton and that would be it. I like this for her though, stay open and keep the juices flowing.

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