Toilet (De Venus)


120x90 cm


For 'Toilet (the Venus)', Woestenborgs uses the work Leda and the Swan by rococo painter François Boucher from 1741 as a backdrop. It is a playful version of an often recurring subject in painting. Other versions of this story, such as Michelangelo's, who is only known from surviving copies of it, show more openly the sexual intercourse of the swan (the disguised god Zeus) with Leda. In this version of Boucher, the emphasis is rather on the slightly erotic affection that exists between the two women. The young woman in black lingerie in the foreground is shown at a moment when she pulls up her panties. It seems like an unguarded moment, but it is a small gesture that is cleverly chosen by the artist and evokes feelings in the viewer, just as the two ladies at Boucher do.