Two women in the window - Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 125 x 104 cm
Many portraits of Murillo have an unusual community: he uses a "fictional frame" or draws a frame in the picture itself. The effect is becoming more pronounced in his self-portrait of 1670, when the artist’s hand captures the frame in which he is depicted. And even in “Two Women by the Window,” figures peep out of the window frame, as if from the picture itself.
“Two Women” - a unique canvas, a world masterpiece. Double portrait combined with genre image. This is a street scene, but the object of contemplation does not appear. On it, two women look out the open window. The terrain in front of them is implied. This indoor scene is based on an open world in front of it.
The window frame is close to the edge of the image. It creates the illusion that women are looking directly at the gallery. The viewer's space is equated to a Spanish street, on which something interesting happens.
You are a passing life, that person, the man on the street, who is walking and catches the eyes of a young woman.
A young girl, more courageous, attractive, has priority. Most likely, this damsel from a wealthy family, not yet married. She is cheerful, playful, curious. An elderly aunt - her duo, looking into the field of view, is a minor figure. Her obsessive, observant presence enhances the intimate exchange between a young woman and a man on the street.
The young girl shamelessly examines passers-by, there is nothing superfluous in her. She is bold, open, not spoiled by society, prejudice. The duenna is modest, bashful for show. Curiosity gnaws at a woman, but she cannot show it.
Here the sentimentality inherent in many genre paintings does not find its place. In women, there are individual features: expression of eyes, facial expressions, emotions, facial features. At the same time, the images are generalized. Their clothes, poses, hairstyle of a young person, a scarf and shyness of a duen, mores are traditional for representatives of that time and place.
The space behind the ladies is darkened. The room does not matter for the plot of the canvas. All attention is directed to the girls and the beholders themselves, who are involved in what is happening.