I adore Jack.
This painting contains all of the reasons why his work appeals to a romantic Dominant like me.
- Reach out and Touch by Jack Vettriano
The man is fully clothed whereas the woman is essentially naked. His shirt is full, expensive, the double cuffs undone and hanging loose. It is almost Byronesque. His trousers and the braces suggest another, earlier era and, in doing so, hint of glorious sin in times when society was less forgiving, making the tableaux even more decadent.
The girls nakedness makes her vulnerable.
He reaches across to touch her with his left hand. It is a movement that is both full of tenderness and yet there is a touch of menace. This is accentuated by what at first glance appears to be a cane or a whip in his right hand. It is in fact a paintbrush.
There is a host of conflicting signals. Has he been painting her on an unseen canvas? Is this a manifestation of desire between painter and model? Or are they already lovers and will he use the handle of the brush to paint wonderful pink marks on her delicious bottom?
The woman is a little slimmer than most Vettriano women and there is something almost girlish about her shape – and yet she is undeniably woman. She is not prey. She is there because she wants to be there, dressed in stockings. There is something a little sulky about her pose, as if they have argued. Yet there is also a sense of pleasure at the anticipation, or the realisation of his touch. Her back has that slight sensual arch of sexual arousal. And yet there might be a little shiver of fear there too.
These are only my observations. You may have your own perspective of the story that is unfolding on the canvas. The artist himself may have had something completely different in mind.
To me it is exquisite Vettriano. Dominance and submission. Tenderness and control. Discipline and adoration.
If I could paint, I would paint like this.
(originally posted by me in Love Affair Diary)