R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Aleksandr Romanychev - By the Window (1968-71)

Today I would like to share 'By the Window' by Russian painter Aleksandr Romanychev. As a graphic this work exhibits a wonderful contrast between the gentle, flowing creases of our sitter's curtains against the dark, strictly geometric pattern of the windows in the background. The curtains are complimented by the fabric our sitter appears to be sewing. I love the woman's profile against the background, as well as the little spindle included on the windowsill. 

Aesthetics aside, the subject matter also resonates with me. This is a great representation of city life, in which one's privacy is usually considered an afterthought. When you need some light to thread your neddle, who cares if someone might be spying across the way? It's a small sacrifice for completing a household task, right?

Thinking outside this scene, how much privacy would you sacrifice for the sake of convenience? Without the slightest consideration, everyday we open our windows to search engines such as Google. I would say Romanychev's 'By the Window' provides an interesting modern day equivilant to this concern.
Tags: art for the month of june
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