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"Modern Times V" is an acrylic-on-canvas painting from a small series by Cuban artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco. Done at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, this series of portraits depicts only the top half of the female subjects' faces to reflect how people see each other while wearing masks. The artist emphasizes the face by depicting the subject's features, specifically their eyes, in precise detail against blank, monotone backgrounds.
"Modern Times V" features a young woman with blonde hair in an 18th-century-style up-do.Three antique armchairs with ornate upholstery balance precariously on her head. The artist was inspired by a documentary about a tribe in Africa in which the women carry baskets and water jugs on their heads. He saw this as an impressive symbol of feminine strength.
The painting also features three large insects, often depicted in the artist's work. Insects flying up represent freedom, insects flying down or falling represent chaos, and insects at rest represent balance between the two.
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