R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Leonard Campbell Taylor - Persuasion (1914)

Relationships involve much compromise and negotiation. In this piece by British painter Leonard Campbell Taylor, I find myself wondering who is persuading the other, the man or the woman. My first guess would be the man, with his hand resting on his partner's shoulder as he talks closely to her. Turned away from him, she appears to be considering his proposition, whatever that might be, or trying to hold her ground in their dispute.

On the other hand, she might actually be persuading him toward her own desired course of action, as he concedes to her. Perhaps during their argument she withdrew and sparked concern from the man, encouraging him to reassess. In that case, clever move on her part.

I like the composition of this piece. The empty space above the table on the right side generates tension between our two subject. This work has a beautiful, muted palette as well.
Tags: art for the month of february 2018
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