Large women and tiny men

An 18th century Gujarati painting from the LalBhai Dalpatphai Musuem in Ahmedabad, Gujerat , India. 2010

Here is a second unexpected representation of a big woman and a tiny man, painted by a man also, from a different continent and culture and time of the relationship of a man and  a woman.  

Whatever the conventions in 18th century Gujerat, it is clear that Caillebotte, a skilled painter, knew about proportion and perspective.  His tiny man, not the only one he painted, remains mysterious.

Gustave Caillebotte’s Woman Reading.  Oil on canvas, 1880.  Gustave Caillebotte, 1848-1894, French. 2009

 

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