"Indeed. 1949... An image out of context is just an image."
he said with an escaping grin of admiration, nodding and confirming his wife's so confidently expressed educated guess.
The tall statue by the Belgian artist Constant Permeke, was standing elevated in a corner of the museum room, with eyes fixed to the horizon in an upright posture which indicated the pride and determination of a lion.
To my perception, that sculpture resembled a late Archaic Kouros, an Ancient Greek Egyptian-like statue representing a naked man with his moving leg being the element which signified the entrance into the classical era. The rich locks gracefully woven into braids that fell over the shoulders also alluded to the Kouros of my homeland.
Only Permeke's statue did not represent a man. Lea, was definitely a female figure. Deprived of her hands, she was perhaps deliberately directing full attention to her extended left leg, the first step towards a new era... I dared to associate her with feminism and the long fought-for involvement of women in society. The artist must have lived a milestone in world history and he had most likely commented on it.
When my partner in art and life leaned closer to read the date on the information tag, he knew the assumption of the amateur art critic accompanying him was bluntly true. 1949 was the year when the first female Belgian vote was cast.