Fruit Sellers in Barbados
This amusing genre painting (inspired by an antique etching) was done by an anonymous artist in Barbados in the late 18th century. The print I saw was black and white, not colored. I was fascinated by the trio of women and the implicit code of position and power transmitted by their different articles of clothes and ornaments (and their lack of shoes). The big plantation house in the background implies more to the narrative.
Watercolors and gouache on gesso board 9” x 12”