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An elderly couple stare past each other – and us – in this astonishing study of old age. Although prosperously dressed, the pair seem disappointed: their mouths are turned resolutely down, their eyes dull and their jowls sagging. Although they overlap, each figure makes a self-contained triangle; their isolation is in vivid contrast to the classical lovers embracing in the cameo in the man’s hat.
An Elderly Couple
Oil on parchment laid down on canvas
H 46 x W 66.9 cm