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‘Dance Macabre’. Rendering by: MkGrr.

Those who are into classical music know the term ‘Dance Macabre’ as ‘Danse Macabre’, ‘The Dance Of Death’, a popular tone poem written for full orchestra by Camille Saint-Saens in 1874.
In this case, there is a boxing term called: ‘Dancing’, and it means the fighters have great footwork and are agile in moving around a boxing ring. In this render, these two fighters have ‘Danced’ toward each other in a clash of flesh and fists. Looking on are the Devil’s Disciples, dead spirits who are alive only in their lust to witness female mayhem.

Here is the background of this picture. Years ago I commissioned a work that went through a number of stages (WIPs) before completion. This is one of those WIPs (Work In Progress). The artist I commissioned, Mike (DA Art Site: MkGrr), shows one of the early stages of the construction of what I consider one of the masterpieces of female combative art. When it was finished it was titled: ‘Stag At Sharkey’s – Redux’. Here is the link to that completed picture: [link]
This WIP was sent to me by Mike (via E-Mail attachment) in order for me to see the placement of the ringside audience. In addition, where the female Referee would be in the picture, as well as a first look of how she would look –Finished. Also, we flipped the picture to see it in an opposite perspective. It was an interesting view, but in the end we went with the same perspective and angles as the Bellows painting.
Upon review I realized that accepting the common perception of Hell is located deep in the fiery bowels of the earth, and this picture is ‘In Deed’ hellish, then what we have here is a ‘Underground Boxing Match’ – Literally. Meaning way underground, with a ghost-like audience that is sans hair, sans clothes, sans hope.

In boxing, the possibility of death is always hovering nearby because it is a very dangerous sport. In this picture death is the audience.
Anyway, I feel that this picture is so good that it can stand on its own, so here it is.

This is the title I gave this work and I’m not about to change it as the words are apropos to both the subject and the setting. Also, I will not change my opinion of Mike’s artistic genius. However, what has changed is Mike’s DA Site name. Whereas it was ‘MkG2k7’, he has recently changed it to: ‘MkGrr’. I have no idea why he changed it, as the previous DA Site name is just as obscure as the present one. But he is French, so we Americans have to give him some slack for his Frenchness.

Here is some background about the artist and the picture: This render was done by a French artist who goes by the name of MikeG, or as he signs off his latest e-mail to me incorporating my latest tweaks: Mike.
The inspiration for this work was an American masterpiece of a painting by the American George Bellows, and was done in 1907. He titled it: ‘Stag At Sharkey’s’. And this current rendering has the same pose of the two male fighters as the original Bellows. Eventually the two women fighters would have similar fight outfits with the same colors as the male boxers. Everything else has been brought forward into the 21st Century and updated to a modern boxing ring, with two female boxers in their stead. And the referee has also been changed to a woman. After all, this is the era of equal opportunities. And that is as it should be. To reiterate, our intent was to try and be faithful to both the pose and spirit of the Bellows work. We have updated the changing American mores by substituting women boxers for men fighters, and yet clothed them exactly as the men depicted in the ring. Concerning the referee, we eventually moved her away from the two fighters and as such the artist and I have evoked a bit of artistic license.
Finally, to view the original painting, you can Google: George Bellows 'Stag at Sharkey's' to view the comparison.

‘Nuff said, Drew.
Except to add here is the link to the DA Site of MkGrr: [link]
And here is the DA avatar link to Mike’s site: :iconmkgrr:
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Tyson87 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Great work.
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Warlord9 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Great image showing the power, intensity and energy of a fight.
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:iconbudinski:
budinski Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Geez ! Once again the visual is perfect and actually reminds me of two old girlfriends in the facial expressions.
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drewhammond Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Obviously they didn't like each other. Drew.
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Cool! has a Haunting,near Surreal feel to it!
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:icondrewhammond:
drewhammond Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I hope you read the introduction to the piece, because that is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote it. Drew.
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yeah. that's why i mentioned it!
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:icondrewhammond:
drewhammond Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
You don't miss a thing. Thanks for reading it. Drew.
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:iconarenafighter:
arenafighter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
No Problem.
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