In response to Marston's comment: Personally, I find the despotism to lie in the gesture of the two figures. Likewise I find the brutality implied by the title to be lacking - although the piece seems to fly in the face of preconceived notions of brutality. The artist could have conveyed a sense of violence through color and shape and line and so on, but the piece is unmistakably soft and almost serene. Is not the most brutal despotism the one that goes un-noticed due to a facade of sweetness and guile? The rest of Marston's comment I find perplexing - classically speaking were there any other sources are could arise from other than the Privelaged and the Exploited? Ukiyo-E was born out of the exploited usurping the privelaged and documenting their perception of life through the educated and skilled artists of the privelaged class. Some may consider modern art Puerile, and perhaps in some ways this is true, but all art is a record of a society, whether sophisticated or puerile and shows a continuity throughout the endless continuum of the relationship between art and humanity. The art itself transcends the skill and tells a greater story.
Date Added: 08/01/2012 by J. Ryan