The painting 5e (laurels won) portrays a privileged mature woman in an aristocratic setting. She is wearing a laurel wreath on her head. She has a calm and serene demeanour while she just looks out at us.

Apart from being a symbol of victory, laurel leaves are also believed to be a sign of fame, success, and prosperity. There are a few things amok here apart from her unusually controlled all-green colour coordination. There is the impression there’s an all ‘red room’ in this stately, but pastiche neo-classical architecture. Then there’s maybe also a blue and yellow, who knows? You might notice the tail of a big cat. Is it an ill omen saying that with all success, there is also a predatory danger lurking? Is the cat alive and domesticated like a pet dog or is it a stuffed animal trophy from an aristocratic forebear? Laurels won sends you a little to work here to make your own narrative if you like, and if you don’t then it is just yet another painting.

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Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #5E, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 100x100cm.

5e in situ