Never far away

Lieve, BE
0509 Never far away

Oil on panel, 23×46 cm, 2007
The painter is a women’s rights activist. This painting shows one of the worst forms of women’s oppression, shoes for bounded feet. It looks discarded, hanging on an old plank, but actually the red tread learns us that women’s discrimination is still alive today. Europeans should not think it is something from far away and long ago, it is still here and now. Also in this painting we see a symbiosis between techniques learned from old Flemish masters and the image of Chinese elements .
Lieve Dejonghe, born in 1961, is a Belgian artist who traveled to China for the first time in 1987 and fell in love with the country. In 2007-2008 she lived in Shenyang where she painted the works that are shown here. Some of her works were exhibited in the Belgiapavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

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