Tonight I will share ‘The Flirtation’ by Dutch painter Leo Gestel. I’ve never had much success in flirting. My few attempts at instigating have failed, and I’m oblivious when people have attempted the exchange with me. Gestel’s drab color palette and apparent unease of his subjects perfectly conveys my overall feeling toward this otherwise normal activity. In that respect, ‘Flirtation’ speaks to a part of me which has always felt uncomfortable with this level of interaction. It’s frightening—perhaps even somewhat sad—to observe an artwork which captures one’s own anxiety and arrested-development.
That aside, in this piece I enjoy Gestel’s rendering of his figures and the subtle body language exhibited between one another. ‘Flirtation’ achieves at atmosphere which is cold and detached yet strangely alluring. I love the softness throughout this work and that artist's careful use of line and color.