Two Ladies Examining a Little Painting, Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff, 1866

Two Ladies Examining a Little Painting, Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff, 1866

oil on panel, h 14cm × w 11.5cm × d 8.3cm More details

This meticulously painted scene of old maids in a humorous situation is typical of Bakker Korff. The viewer’s imagination is pricked. Are the two women actually examining a work of art, or are they coming to the realization while looking at their reflection in a mirror that they are no longer as pretty as a picture? Given the stuffy interior in which the ladies sit, the latter seems more likely.

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