Three women in the street

Three women in the street

I love this painting, but.. yes, I’ve sold it. I think I’ll do another large  version for my self soon. This piece is inspired by Kirchner’s expressionist painting – Five Women in the Street. I wanted to discuss the human condition of woman in a traditional way, similar to Munch. Like Munch I have given each woman a different hair colour symbolising the different stages of female existence. (Blonde hair symbolising the first stage of life – virginity and innocence,  red hair symbolising the fruition of sexuality and dark hair symbolising the embittered, life ravaged woman.   The blonde girl skips along with her eyes closed to her future. In the hand of the red headed girl is a red rose, a symbol of love , lust and pain and all that accompanies her sexual fruition.   The dark haired girl carrys a bag, her emotonal baggage.  The piece also discusses the pre-conceived ideas we have about a woman because of the way she is dressed. The blonde ‘virgin’ is dressed in a red dress that in recent societies can be seen to be the colour of a whore, or as a symbol of purity. In pagan times a red dress was seen as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge and commanded respect. The history books say that the church, wishing to rid their invaded countries of strong, wise, pagan women, created the myth that women who wear red are whores or witches. Many paintings of Mary Magdalene show her wearing red. She is known as a whore, but was she really a wise woman who wore the respected colour of red? We’ll never know for certain. My girls are inspired by the girls night out, a tradition of contemporary society and one I rarely get to participate in.