Joshua Langstaff, An Evening in Bruges, 2017

We are excited to feature this painting in our current exhibition Understanding Ourselves at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, OR. Click here to see a virtual version of the show. Click here for info about the in-person closing party on April 2nd 5-7pm.

Langstaff began this painting as a study in loneliness but it soon developed a story of its own. You, the viewer, are seated across from a young woman at an outdoor café in Bruges on a lovely summer’s eve, but she is not engaging with you. There are couples dining at a lively café in the background and another couple takes a romantic stroll across the square; both scenes are in direct contrast to your experience. The chess board tabletop subtly indicates that there is a psychological match between you and the young woman.


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