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"The State of Critical Thinking II" is an acrylic-on-canvas painting by Cuban artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco from his series "The Art of Staring Into Space." As in the rest of his portrait series, the artist challenges traditional forms of portraiture. He breaks the historical criteria by depicting young women in modern clothes and casual postures in lavish settings with 18th-century decor.
"The State of Critical Thinking II" features a young woman with long light-brown curls wearing a modern cream-colored blouse, high-waisted blue jeans, red cat-eye glasses, and a large beaded beret in her hair. The artist portrays her in a natural, comfortable posture with her arms crossed and shoulders slumped as she sits in an antique gold armchair against a violet toile-style backdrop.
As in many of his paintings, Francisco includes several large insects throughout the piece, either in flight or resting on the chair or the subject herself. 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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