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OUR COLUMNIST AVILA COMMENTS ON MOLL’S SELF-PORTRAIT:

“I do too like Carl Moll’s Self Portrait painting, and for some estrange reason it reminds me the painting by Vermeer “The Music Lesson” in a modernistic way. The intimacy of the scene, the self abstraction, the presence of light illuminating that coziness, the floor tiles in black and white, the white ghostly, tortured, kneeling pose sculpture by George Minne next to the pewter tankard (the way in which those arms wrap back around the shoulders put us in mind of the human torments) sober-suited within its psychological context showing the inside of “things” in opposition to the white vase in Vermeer’s painting where instead absorbing the light, it counterbalances it by reflection…’

MY COMMENT: There is no strange reason at all..Moll is alluding to Vermeer. That whole quotation of the masters of the past was part of the upstaging of social status through taste and erudition.

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