Great painting. The sense of joy one may usually expect on the cradling of the new born is tempered by the slightly macabre nature of the image..
The darkness and the sombre feel of the surroundings are at odds with the usual post partum bedside of cleanliness and dazzling whites of the maternity ward. Darker and more secret somehow than my mental image of the words in the song.
Do I catch a suggestion of religeous symbolism - perhaps recalling the classic Mary/Jesus nativity scene - with the hand of God reaching for the Madonna & Child?
Given the fact that Kate herself later gave birth to a child, obviously makes this painting particularly fitting and more resonant to us as admirers of hers.
I'm forced to wonder what the hell Kate herself makes of it? Given her apparent taste for macabre art, I'd be prepared to believe that she loves it.
btw - I apologise for sounding like a pretentious, self appointed/annointed, anally retentive officiando on an obscure TV arts programme..
This one was very much inspired by the video on a fundamental level, and also from being with my wife during childbirth. It's the feeling that however close the man may physically be to her while she is going through that ordeal she's behind this (metaphorical) screen and he is unable to bridge that distance into her experience. That sense of having to helplessly stand back and observe while she is in pain.
Someone mentioned religious symbolism. I think that I tend to have a lot of, often subconscious, references to classical pieces in my pictures. I would say that there is a definite nod to Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling in here too.
Herb, may I say how thrilled I am to not only see your work displayed here but to have you posting also. I am certain I speak for all members in thanking you for allowing permission for us to see your beautiful art here.
You are without doubt a most talented artist whom I cannot imagine any of your subjects being less than impressed with your representations of them and their work.
I wish you well in your future projects, perhaps one day I can commision you for a book cover.
"Look into the glass and see and what you'll see is me"
I think this painting is amazing. It really brings home the helplessness of the woman and the detail on the newborn baby is wonderful!
"My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath- a source of little visible delight, but necessary." Catherine Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights.