In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (206 x 153 cm)
Materials: Oil on canvas.
Symbolism: Hypocrisy and hollow appearance, which leads eventually to confession and remorse.
And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbour’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her. You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
The picture is inspired by a book of Marcel Proust, the 19th century novelist. According to the rumors in those days he was a homosexual. Sodomy was certainly in that century still a taboo at divine decree. Even regarded as a deadly sin. The viewer looks through the window to witness the famous French writer, bringing the demi monde (and easy virtue) a visit at Maison Chinoise. Especially in his books he seems to be attracted to women.