Voyeur
OIL ON BOARD. ORIGINAL SIZE 12x9.5 in

  • The key to an enemy's city was one of the most valuable prizes in a war.
  • Lovers are forever looking for the "key" to each other's hearts.
  • In several of the artist's paintings (Key of Passion, Keys, and Key to the Heart of a Loved One), a key serves as a symbol of an erotic (or sexual) artifact.

This small painting sets out to provide one of the links in the love symbolism of the "key–lock" sequence – the artifact of visualizing a love affair.

There are famous images by Degas of women taking a bath and drying themselves afterward. He explained the secret appeal of such compositions:

Naked figures are usually depicted posing for the viewer. I, however, paint ordinary modest women, who are busy taking the usual care of their bodies… It is like watching them through a keyhole.

In this painting, the watcher, having previously been in the dark, turns into a link in the love chain and becomes an artifact.

In the triad of key, lock, and keyhole, every symbol acquires its own meaning in time and shape.