Queen puzzled by artist's blue pony painting

2015-06-25 19:24
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London - Queen Elizabeth II may have been at a loss for words when German President Joachim Gauck presented a portrait of her as young girl sitting atop a blue pony - but the British press had a lot to say on Thursday.

"Not amused," said a caption in the Mirror under a picture of the queen viewing the painting, while Britain's best-selling tabloid, the Sun, said the queen was "left baffled" by the work.

The Telegraph said Gauck's official welcome for the queen on Wednesday "got off to a distinctly awkward start when the monarch reacted with disdain to her official present", a modernist acrylic work by up-and-coming German artist Nicole Leidenfrost.

"That's a funny colour for a horse," the queen said while examining the painting, which was based on a 1930 photograph of her as a 5-year-old sitting on a pony while her father, George VI, held the reins.

"Is that supposed to be my father?" she asked, answering "no" when Gauck asked her if she recognised him in the painting.

"I always like to paint with bright colours and this pony is royal blue for a royal horse - that is the joke!" the Times and other media quoted Leidenfrost as saying.

The Telegraph's art critic, Mark Hudson, said Leidenfrost displayed "a horrible mixture of faux-naïve brushwork and commercialised slickness in her treatment of Pop Art subjects".

The queen was "more delighted" with a performing robot shown to her as she toured a Berlin university with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, the Times said.

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