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This is one of a number of precise and realistic paintings of women by Meraud Guevara that share a disquieting atmosphere. The sitter is both impassive in her unfocused gaze and seductive in her slipped blouse. She wholly dominates the steep angled space, which could not contain her if she stood. A sense of mystery is suggested by the imaginary view (placing the room high above the landscape), the open doorway behind, and the inexplicable, but deliberate, flash of orange beside the door.

April 2013