Pregnant Woman in Red

By | 1 July 1999

Most of the flesh a harsh red,
heightening the expressiveness
of the figure with its black
outlines and setting it off
against the background colour
of the paper.

The woman’s mask-like,
raised face appears as an afterthought.
Far more important is the shape
of her body—the hefty thighs
and the swollen belly—round
as an apple.

Her distended body, thigh, and arm
are altogether believable.The left half
is less convincing, for here only
an outline is provided, then
filled in with a brush
to match the other arm.

The artist has omitted
the table or chair
supporting the figure:
the pregnant woman
on an elevated surface
hangs in space.

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