Red Purse
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 11x14 in

  • The purse is a symbol of riches and their accumulation.
  • Red denotes love and passion, although it also is used to emphasize the extent of luxury and wealth.
  • In China, red is considered to be the color of happiness and good luck, which is why the bride at a traditional Chinese wedding wears a white dress as well as a red one.

Paraphrasing the words of American author Oliver Wendell Holmes, only love is that master key which opens the purse of happiness. This symbolism corresponds to the color of the purse. The artist infuses the image with a certain irony: greed and excessive accumulation of wealth could lead to the separation of lovers.