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A photo I took in Central Park NY in the summer of 2011 of the statue of Hans Christian Ardensen, author, poet, dramaturg born in Denmark in 1805.

As I was ready to take the photo and this girl came running and sat on his book as I saw her on the camera's view finder, ( I thought to my self: what? ), and pushed the button of the shutter!

It amazed me to see her pose... (as if she had practiced it many times), later I thought may be she loves drama.

In 1977 I visited his home museum in Scandinavia and bought a poster of the ugly duckilg which hung on my wall many years. Love his books since I was a child, mom bought those little books for us, I love the ugly duckling since then.

I could not talk to the girl who poses here because I was on my way to the hotel after a long day visit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When I checked my photos of my time in NY in 2011 and saw this photo, I thought: "I'll paint it some day". I think the girl also loves the "Ugly Duckling". Completed this painting this week, I started it in April of last year.

I was taking a painting workshop at the Grand Central Academy of Arts in Manhattan that summer.

Piano: Raul di Blasio

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