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Mata Hari by GENZOMAN Mata Hari by GENZOMAN
A pic done at mid of the last year, based on WWI real character, Mata hari. There is something I always find mysterious about her story: how she dies, is true all she said about her life? how was the the art scene of the beginning of 1900 on paris? guilty or truly innocent? her life is a myth.

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Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle MacLeod (7 August 1876, Leeuwarden – 15 October 1917, Vincennes), a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for espionage during World War I.

She borns in Netherlands, then she lives on indonesia and finally In 1903, Margaretha moved to Paris, where she performed as a circus horse rider, using the name Lady MacLeod. Struggling to earn a living, she also posed as an artist's model.

By 1905, she began to win fame as an exotic dancer. It was then that she adopted the stage name Mata Hari. The turn of the 20th century looked to Asia and Egypt for artistic inspiration. Promiscuous, flirtatious, and openly flaunting her body, she captivated her audiences and was an overnight success from the debut of her act at the Musée Guimet on 13 March 1905. She posed as a Java princess of priestly Hindu birth, pretending to have been immersed in the art of sacred Indian dance since childhood. She was photographed numerous times during this period, nude or nearly so.

She brought this carefree provocative style to the stage in her act, which garnered wide acclaim. The most celebrated segment of her act was her progressive shedding of clothing until she wore just a jeweled bra and some ornaments upon her arms and head.

Although the claims made by her about her origins were fictitious, the act was spectacularly successful because it elevated exotic dance to a more respectable status, and so broke new ground in a style of entertainment for which Paris was later to become world famous.

During World War I, Margaretha Zelle was thus able to cross national borders freely. To avoid the battlefields, she travelled between France and the Netherlands via Spain and Britain, and her movements inevitably attracted attention. She was a courtesan to many high-ranking allied military officers during this time.

In January 1917, the German military attaché in Madrid transmitted radio messages to Berlin describing the helpful activities of a German spy, code-named H-21. French intelligence agents intercepted the messages and, from the information they contained, identified H-21 as Mata Hari. On 13 February 1917, Mata Hari was arrested in her room at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris. She was put on trial, accused of spying for Germany and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers. She was found guilty and was executed

The fact that a former exotic dancer had been executed as a spy immediately provoked many unsubstantiated rumours. One is that she blew a kiss to her executioners,

in 1985, biographer Russell Warren Howe managed to convince the French Minister of National Defense to break open the file, about 32 years early. It was revealed that Mata Hari was innocent of her charges of espionage.
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repinscourge Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great Picture!
what i can't breathe
jbtepes Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
what a lust
Warcraft17 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Wow, love it! <3 Her name means the sun in my country ^^
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those thighs. ...:drool:
IcemanIsOmegaLevel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
those hips
darkwolf0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
She was by far one of the most beautiful women in the history of spies and there certainly should be more fantastic artwork of her like this.
wino999 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   Photographer
MATAHARI. she was learning traditional dancing in my Country. make me proud
Kasiulkakats Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
[link] szczena zboczeńcu
ragingspacebull Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Nice figure on Mata.
KittyKattsKorner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Beau-Ti-Ful!!! =^_^=
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You amaze me dude! Always soo impressive :D
ParamoreFreak86 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
licoricefactory Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I like how you portrayed her. I've always been fascinated by Mata Hari. This is amazing.
ojonblackbird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

In Indonesia, Matahari mean the sun...
thanks for the description..
Iceemblem777 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
KryptnKnight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
she's beautiful
xNephthesx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite possibly one of the most interesting women in history.
MarvaraTorrent Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Amazing ^^
TibuSoleil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist
She looks really pretty! I did a Social Studies project on her recently.
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Mata Hari was not...ah, forget it.
LlamaAngelica Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Blew a kiss at her executioners... Rather poetic=P
Kuro-D Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in Indonesian, Mata Hari means sun, I think you represented it very well here! ^^ :heart:
BugeishaKyasarin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So she was like one of the first burlesque dancers? Interesting biography. Something tells me you prefer drawing women with less clothes on ;P
Sper3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
a very hot mata
Galiciarn Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Dionisante Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Work!!!
acla13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very amazing work! The light effects and warm colors give the necessary exotic atmosphere, and I appreciate her movements and rich details in her costume. :clap:
I believe Mata Hari was in fact used as a scapegoat to cover up the military and politicians' failed manoeuvres.
She had really been invited to work for the French and got some info from a German baron whom she was involved.
A source tells her lover suspected Mata was a spy to French and would have passed her a stuff to puzzle the enemies. This info would have made the French military order her arrest.
Would Mata Hari have been just a girl who loved boys in uniform?
Sxania Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she looks like salma hayek in dusk til dawn.. somehow : P
RyujinOrientalis666 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Good work as usual. i had heard the name before but i didn't know the story. quite sad really
TheChibiDevil Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How sad. :(
gothold Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
If only the real Mata hari looked so good.
Rahnaix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This picture was stolen, we've been tracking down artist who the art belongs to.
While the website is down because of the infringements, here's a screenshot of your artwork:
Blog where info is at
Vampire-Eretica Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Selling it as wall art? ->
THeJeSTeRsDRaGoNXii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
This piece is another one that was stolen from you, and heres another screenshot for you:

SlayerXiena Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
[link] sorry buddy but this guy keeps changing address
vanzandtjr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist
I thought this looked like your style... you may want to check this out... [link]
depizan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, do you know that this image is being sold here:

The guy doing the selling, Chad Love-Lieberman, of (which has been taken down, apparently) has been selling images off deviant art and is getting outed as a thief all over the net. I thought you should know!
CuteCandles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
We really should be able to do something! :O
xblacklightz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Wow I mean wow. She should have worked for the allies but still wow.
Temrin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just reporting ap ossable art theft of this piece of art: [link]
BoddahSiC Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
lol sooo big hips XD
twistedentity Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
lol, I'm an Indonesian, and in Indonesia, Mata Hari means sun,
oh hey, aww I thought I was the first one to realize this, lol
anyway, it's the title that attract me the most.
mixxi90 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wtf im from the netherlands and i didnt even know this XD
Madpredator Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
always a new thing every day
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice picture over here. Mata means Sun here in my country.
Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There are pictures of Mata Hari bottomless.
Ruurd Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Although I don't believe that she spied for the Germans, I still like the way you've drawn her.
To me, she is still the Dutch nation's pride.
historianGirl Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh! Mata Hari. Nice draw, she looks ready to seduct some men.
Blackfire-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great story! and i wouldnt have known it if it werent for u :aww: love the drawing too, though searching for pics of the REAL mata hari i see uve stylized her here and there ;) but still u can relate:nod: ;)
timetodie54 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
show me you grace in a dance with me
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