Musician who became popular in the 1960’s. 1940 -1993. From the Wiki:
He was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.
In the Park in St Petersburg Russia is set in a popular park along the river. The ghost-like appearance of some people really struck me. Russian faces, a bright brass steeple, a Kupka inspired background.
This is my pastel of the famous John Singer Sargent painting title Madam X. It was quite controversial at the time since she was portrayed with bare shoulders. She begging him not to display it but he refused but it came to be known as Madam X. At his peak Sargent earned the equivalent of over $1M for a portrait. There is an excellent collection at the Metropolitan in NYC.