‘The Proposition’ is based on Vermeer’s painting The Wine Glass (see below). My cropping of the original composition results in a close-up of the standing man and seated woman that makes for a more intimate scene.


In my reworking of Vermeer’s painting, I have completely changed the content of the painting hanging on the back wall behind the standing man. What was a dark landscape painting is now a rather intense and sinister looking clown imported from another artwork of mine.


The clown almost sits on the man’s shoulder and his pose almost exactly echoes that of the man – perhaps the clown is the man’s conscience as he propositions the woman.

The Proposition

SKU: GC0025
  • Gordon Coldwell

    One of a kind artwork

    Print on canvas... embellished with areas of hand-painted acrylic

    Sold Unframed – the pictured old frame is 2D and part of the artwork

    46 x 40 cms


    Signed and dated on the back

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