|Miss Piggy as Mrs Hugh Hammersley |
by Peter Savieri
|The Muppets (2011)|
|"Pictures in my Head"|
The Muppets (2011)
|Scene of the Miss Piggy painting from the film|
|Mrs Hugh Hammersley|
John Singer Sargent (1892)
Savieri, who also was influential in helping redesign Piggy's character a little bit, was absolutely thrilled to be commissioned to do the painting. He loved the designer's Sargent inspiration, and he obviously borrowed heavily from the master of portraits for his own. Obviously, the red palette was used, as was Piggy's position. What struck me most, though, was Piggy's gaze. In Sargent's portrait, Mrs. Hugh Hammersley has this slightly aloof look and she holds her head back in almost an act of alluring defiance. Piggy shares these same characteristics, which just so conveniently, fit perfectly into her character.
famed Scarlett portrait in Gone with the Wind. The sitters are certainly somewhat similar: defiant, independent, vain women, so its certainly not too much of a stretch. Perhaps it's Kermit's connection to the painting that reminded me of this as well. Recall, that portraits of beautiful women often represent feelings of strong, but absent love. In Rhett's case, the absence came from Scarlett's cold personality, but Kermit's separation from Piggy was physical. Remember, paintings have a strong but limited emotional context, so these repeated motifs: love, ghostly presence, etc: are easily found in all films: even one as seemingly simple to understand as The Muppets. Maybe my Scarlett connection was simpler: at first viewing, Piggy's sumptous red dress reminded my of Scarlett's infamous scarlet dress at Melly's party. Either way, I had a GWTW connection.
|I just had to include a picture from the Devil Wears Prada parody from The Muppets|
which was one of my favorite scenes from the film.