Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion," Original Painting by Kim Novak capturing the essence of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, in which the artist starred with Jimmy Stewart. Copyright 2014 Kim Novak. All rights reserved.

Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion

Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion," Original Painting by Kim Novak capturing the essence of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, in which the artist starred with Jimmy Stewart. Copyright 2014 Kim Novak. All rights reserved.
Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion


Pastel over Watercolor

Limited Edition of 500
25.5″ x 12″
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The original of this piece was commissioned by Turner Classic Movies as part of their 20th anniversary celebration and was exhibited at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during the 5th Annual TCM Classic Movie Festival.

“Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Vertigo, is the story of a man’s obsession with an unattainable love, a woman who doesn’t exist. Twice in the course of the film, she is transformed into the object of a man’s compulsive desires; first in order to carry out an evil plot of another’s greed, then in order to have a second chance to recapture and reincarnate what he believes he’s lost in order to save himself.

“I painted the blonde hair of the fantasy object of desire, Madeleine, as it begins to unravel from its core, creating a vortex of delusion. As Madeleine’s impostor, Judy submits again to being made over in the image of obsession, this time in return for love, not money. This reality proves unsustainable; her facade begins to crack, mistakes are made that set in motion a storm, which irrevocably threatened everything in its blonde, illusory path.”

~ Kim NovaK, Artist


10 thoughts on “Vertigo / Vortex of Delusion”

  1. Dear Kim, you paint from your heart – from your soul. You have such a deep understanding of this movie, and your painting shows it all in just one glance. You are an amazing artist. “Vortex of Delusion” is the perfect title for a deeply moving and beautiful painting.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Dear Ms. Novak,

    What a brilliant artwork. It brought back all the feelings and memories from the movie that I consider the one for my “Island of Loneliness”. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival to see you in person during the screening of “Vertigo”, but I hope that someday I get the chance to pay my respects to you in person. I have included my wife’s website, who is an artist in Vancouver, for your kind consideration and professional comments. Maybe we can bring some of your original artworks to be showcased at some prestigious galleries in Vancouver, for example Howe Street Gallery of Fine Arts, for exhibition or sale, in case you are interested.

    Best regards,
    Amir Hashemi

  3. I AM THOROUGHLY Impressed by your artwork. It absolutely took my breath away!!! I think Kim (if this is going straight to you), then You, should be Ever so Proud of your beautiful artwork, and the story behind it! I absolutely and unequivocally
    LOVE your beautiful work!! I wish I somehow in this lifetime would get to meet you because I have Always admired and loved your work!! Your amzing era! I am 56, so I can say, your are not That much older than I and Look how much you have accomplished!! All the actresses in your time frame on the sets of those wonderful films can never be repeated in any earthly manner!

  4. You are a brave and lovely woman. Thank you for speaking out against the mean and narrow-minded jerks who made you feel “less than.” They were wrong. You are beautiful.

  5. Miss Novak,
    What a beautiful painting by a beautiful lady. You are a treasure.

    Some people are just spoiled and cruel. I for one am glad you spoke up about the remarks posted about how you looked.

    Hell, I thought you were dead because we didn’t hear or see much of you in the last few years….You looked so pretty when you appeared at the Oscars. I’ve never make comments on the web but I thought this warranted it. God Bless and keep on.

    One of your old time fan. Love, Dot

  6. I will always be in awe of you… I loved all your movies.. You were my favorite actress and I was so sorry when you decided to leave the Industry. Everytime TMC has your movies on I watch them. You are a beautiful woman and always will be.. I saw you recently on Bravo and it was a wonderful interview and so interesting… I for one miss you.

    Always, Renea

  7. I wanted compliment you on your art, and also on being open about bullying. I saw the awards, and you are correct.
    I thought you looked beautiful, but then I had a teenage crush on you. Have always thought you were talented and beautiful. I guess am prejudiced, lol!

    My best to you

  8. People seem to be more imbolden (sp?) than they were years ago and it’s hurting a lot of people. Bullying is out of hand and I’m so glad to see you are pushing back. Regardless of where you came fro m, you have that “class” that few movie stars showed. You are loved much and as the years go by, Hollywood is beginning to see just how very talented you really were and are. Sorry you had so much trouble on the set of Human Bondage because you brought Mildred alive not as a plastic person, but one that Somerset meant us to see.

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