Carlos Gamez de Francisco

Seating Etiquette Guide
Acrylic on Canvas
44 x 26 in
"Seating Etiquette Guide" is an acrylic-on-canvas painting by Cuban artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco from his series "The Art of Staring Into Space." As in the rest of his portrait series, the artist challenges traditional forms of portraiture. He breaks the historical criteria by depicting young women in modern clothes and casual postures in lavish settings with 18th-century decor. "Seating Etiquette Guide" features a young woman sitting cross-legged on an antique armchair in front of blue and gray toile wallpaper. She wears blue overalls over a yellow and black striped shirt, a yellow hat, and pink sneakers. The artist portrays her in a confident and relaxed posture with a slightly amused expression on her face. As in many of his paintings, Francisco includes several large insects throughout the piece. Insects flying up represent freedom, insects flying down or falling represent chaos, and insects at rest represent balance between the two.

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