Judith jumps for joy

08 Jun

This may take a moment to explain …

First we have a traditional Judith – in the contemporary sense, that is.  Nude and cradling the head of Holofernes, who is apparently in a post-coital stupor.

Judith (2011) Anna Wypych

Anna Wypych, “Little Holofernes,” 2011, Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 cm,

Not that this painting should be overlooked due to the positioning of Judith and Holofernes. Because the use of color IS unique – transitioning the figures from realism to abstraction.  Especially when the viewer considers the blur that forms Judith’s face.  Is it unfinished?  Or did the artist intend to leave us with a mystery surrounding Judith’s state of mind as she contemplates beheading her lover?

Although … the title of the painting may give a clue to Judith’s motivation.  It is most likely a literal reference to the size of the artwork, but my lewd mind wonders if it is a Freudian slip.  Even if decapitation seems extreme for simply being … disappointed.

But then the story changes from somber contemplation to elation, as Judith cavorts across the unmade bed in celebration of her achievement.

Judith (2011) Anna Wypych 2

Anna Wypych, “Judith,” 2011, Oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm,

Now THIS is a truly unique depiction of Judith!

Anna Wypych goes beyond physicality as if she wants more to capture the spirit than the body. What the artist says about her painting:  “I take Inspiration from what I see around me, but my personal thoughts are only the starting point and kind of inspiration for the research on the man and his condition. You can not say that my paintings are realistic, but I use a realistic painting techniques. I create my own space in which I put a symbolic elements, creating a kind of puzzle. But to read it you don’t need scientific methods only the emotion and sensitivity of the recipient.” (1)

To place this in context, Judith is part of a series for the artist’s MA thesis: “Three women. Judith, Deborah and Eve.”   Of course, we all know Eve – the Mother of Us All, created by God from Adam’s rib.  But then there is Deborah – who I suspect is confused with Jael, who drove the stake through Assyrian General Sisera’s ear after Deborah prophesied the victory over his army.  All strong women, all a representation of feminine strength – but only Judith gets to jump for joy, prancing upon her bed in jubilation.

Makes me want to buy a new mattress.



Anna Wypych, “Eve,” 2011, Oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm,

Anna Wypych, "Deborah," 2011, Oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm,

Anna Wypych, “Deborah,” 2011, Oil on canvas, 300 x 220 cm,


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