Today I would like to share ‘The Fair Deceivers’ by British painter Charles Haigh-Wood.
First off, what a clever title; I love how it combines beauty with ill-intentions! It carries an air of conviction which underlines this episode as more indecorous than playful. The title is charged with a moral judgment which might lead the viewer to assess to values of the artist.
Our “deceivers”, comfortably occupying what appears to be the upper-level of an affluent home, are presumably enticing a man, or group of men, down below. But are they really enticing with intent to deceive, or are they just having a bit of fun? At what cost is reckless flirting other than bruising or boosting one’s pride? Would this same judgment be made toward a group of handsome men who alluring the attention of women the in the same manner, or is it only women would are deemed “deceivers” under such circumstance?
That aside, I really like Wood’s vantage point, providing a candid look at his subjects engaged in action so we can observe their environment—a special behind-the-scenes glimpse of his “deceivers”!