Theo l'Herminez is a firm believer in the power of art to express what cannot be said. So, what’s the story behind Woman with Cigarette and Cat?
At first glance, the blond in red with her arch look comes across as cynical, hardened. But once we get past the make-up and youthful clothes, we see wrinkled skin, sagging breasts: signs of decline, vulnerability. The woman and the cat are both portrayed with long slender limbs, but the cat, with its sleek and silky fur, is the only one that’s alluring.
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