Why so many comments about the gender of the model? This is a lovely, delicate portrait with wonderful execution and amazing color temperature. I love it and I wish more people could just appreciate the artist's work without focusing on trivial things....
Admirable and powerfull work, realy like this, by the way, i absolutly dislike those stupid sterotypic comments, like: "is that a man or woman or something else?" You don´t even know until the person makes any self-statement to this term, and you don´t have to require, cus it doesn´t matter, unless the person wants you to know! So scat, you ignorant defaming bastards, your simple manipulated minds are just stucked between the boundarys of a silly construction, called the lie of the two sexes, and the dominion of phallocentrism. And forget about dic(k)tating other peoples lives, you´r the last ones who should just even contemplate about it. The fears of your blended smug world, to be broken down by the self-expression and self-awareness of other people shows that. I wish, you still one day´ll get back, what you have done to other people, by acting like that.
An excellent portrait. Traditional in its framing and execution, with very strong and skillful use of blue hues and great, expressive line work, especially in the hands and shoulder/neck. The composition is simple but strikingly effective, and the facial expression subtle, and yet almost haunting.
I don't care to know if the person we see is an androgynous, unfeminine woman or a man in a dress, a transgendered person or a biologically intersexed one, or whatever other label one could place upon someone's forehead. To me it's a human being with a proud countenance, and I respect them for it.
However, I am glad the portrait has sparked that kind of controversy, because one of the main functions of art is to provoke thought.
I found this deeply powerful, and the question of gender is intriguing to me on a personal note. Without saying a name, I have a really close friend whose transgendered (Female to male), and in the past years, I myself have come to think of myself as a woman rather than a man. Because I've grown accustomed to them, I hope you won't mind if I use non-gender-specific pronouns in the following review;
The strength and... Determination? That's not the right word... Anyway, at least the strength of zer pose and the look in zer eyes reminds me of battles I've seen my friend go through with his transition. The strength, as I said, shows that many of such battles have been fought, with both wins and losses. And I think I feel a sadness for the ones that were lost. Like they were important beyond most. A friend, or family member leaving, misunderstanding, persecuting... There's just so much that I feel from this, and I hope that I'm not over-thinking it.
Before I write a book, here, I want to cut myself off and just say thank you for sharing this. It's lovely.
Interesting portrait, indeed. For me, the right hand of a model and a bit too angular jaw line doesn't fully work (maybe with jaw, losing that tiny light stroke just before the ear would work...just an observation, nothing more). The background, mirror frame and lowest part of the dress feel just a tad too sketchy in comparison to rest of the painting. Of course, I recognize the possibility that you maybe wanted to achieve focus on face and that's definitely successful.
Anyway, that's what feels lesser in quality for me (not bad, just not in the same level like the rest of the piece)...But what feels superb is highly above those tiny flaws I subjectively notice. The face and the expression, the eyes and mouth, the hands as hands, the whole position and the fall of the dress...Absolutely magnificent and worth of exhibiting in any museum of the world. Incredibly well done. Congratulations!
One question, if I may? Is the model (or a subject of painting, not necessarily the person who modeled) influenced by some health condition? The hands look affected by something, they're red and raw and there's dark bruised stains, whether from some condition or perhaps hard work (reminds me on my own hands/arms after too many shots for my own health problem). Anyway, the coloration itself makes very interesting contrast to the rest of the skin and the dress, so I was just wondering does this have some meaning or was merely done for the sake of complete look of the painting?
To me this looks like a lady. She has slim eyebrows, slim neck and small shoulders.
She has a long nose and undelicate hands, but she may work a lot with her hands like maybe by doing gardening for instance. Some women have long noses, get over it. I think to many DA users see too much anime and photoshopped fashion models.
OK seriously whether it is a girl or a man should not be a questionable aspect to this piece. It is art, a persons interperson interpretation of ones self or idea. Grow the hell up and move on.
My opinion, I think that this is a wonderfully done work of art. I feel the emotion behind the face and the mirror with no reflection to me means something along the lines of self image and portrayal of what society thinks what we should like like based upon gender identity. Forgive me if i am wrong. It is a strong piece.
I can't tell for sure if it's a man or a woman and I won't break my head about it too much. But what I do know is that there's something very compelling about this portrait. Makes me think of the theme 'identity' in society.
I just loved that you chose to paint such a portrait. It speaks multitudes, and I believe it strongly challenges a lot of our definitions of "equality"... for how can we truly preach of supporting equality, if not everyone we see can be equal? I admire the way this young man holds himself with such pride; this pride is strong and is beautiful. As I said a ways below (in a reply): this portrait wonderfully challenges the reactions, and people, that believe in the definition (in their opinion) not of what a man can be, but of what he has to be.