Commentary

This gesture of relationship fascinated and amused me at the time when my second marriage was deteriorating. I loved the charming grumpiness of the guy on the left. This snippet in time seems to aptly portray the continuing and persistent efforts of one partner in a relationship to be heard, and the equal and opposite (conscious or unconscious) efforts of the other to not hear (definitely not always funny or charming in the moment). By the time the oil version was painted, it seems the vocalizer was opening its mouth less widely, and the non-listener was more shrunken into itself.

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