if breasts, butts and legs are so distracting to men, to the point they cant function
why aren’t they that distracting to lesbians
and at that point
why isn’t the penis bulge and legs not distracting enough to gay men to warrant men being put under the same dress codes
This is Petrus van Schendel’s The Love Letter, painted sometime before 1870.
As Christie’s comments, “he specialized in nocturnal Dutch market scenes where he explored the subtle and theatrical effects of candle and lamplight on the human face and body.”
This may not be a market scene, but it still shows off what Bonhams calls van Schendel’s “obsession with the effects of light, and his keen eye for detail.”
In fact, the scene—ostensibly focused on the pair of women, one reading the other’s love letter covertly in a mirror—seems to be just one big excuse for his playing around with light.
It seems almost more like a sampler than a painting, with the different highlights in the surface of the glaze on the two vases on top of the armoire (one shining brightly, one barely visible in the shadows).
The textiles are varied to make a similar comparison—some shining, some translucent, some velvety, and some brocade-like. The dresses and curtain aren’t enough: he throws more cloth across a basket for variety.
Meanwhile, the glossy varnished wood of the furniture and the softer, more diffusely-lit plant fiber of the wicker basket play pretty counterpoint to each other.
Even the highly reflective metal of the lamp itself—and the brushed metal of its shade beside it—serve to show off the light: both the bright golden light from the lamp and the cooler, dimmer, blue moonlight (shining, presumably, through an unseen window behind the curtain).