Four women meet at a café for a night out together.
“Ahh!..” sighs one of them
“Ohh!..” echoes another
“Hmmm!..” resonates the third
The fourth lady stands up abruptly:
“We’ve finally managed to get out to have some fun. Is it too much to ask TO STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR HUSBANDS ALL THE TIME!?”
This artist is an academic of the Russian Art Academy. In this painting she portrayed three women, obviously different in character but still a unified group that is intellectual and interesting. It’s night outside, most of the windows (bar one) are dark, they are probably a bit tired by their conversation throughout the night, but they are not tired of each other. They are at the point when much has been said, much has been listened to, and much is to be reflected on now. You can rarely get to this point in a men’s conversation. Men would be arguing, interrupting each other (without much point in interrupting, most of the time) until they get drunk to the point they can’t talk and/or walk any more. Men, when they are together, rarely enjoy the moment of introspective reflection on what has been said before that moment.
The same artist made a painting of men having a conversation which illustrates this difference in a very obvious way:
And if you liked her paintings, here’s one more.
What I like about it, is that its meaning is not obvious at first glance, but the painting is constructed a way that involves viewers and makes them think. Did people get out of their homes, preceded by the cat, expecting something? Or someone? They don’t think it is something fearful, for they have a kid with them. But the cat does not seem to be happy. Is it a late arrival of someone important to the cat?
The more people look INTO this painting, the more they realise it is about coming home, and it usually generates a rainbow of emotions, not, I must say, positive for everyone.