The barmaid in this picture doesn’t look very happy, her eyes are teary, her cheeks and lips are set in a way that gives me the impression that she’s not at ease. This painting I think is very narrative for example her reflection in the background shows she is leant forward serving a customer which gives us a different picture, she’s looking directly at us and her hands position is different. This tells me that she has two personalities which includes being a hard working lower class citizen who has to portray to customers a happy life and pleasant smile. The other personality I can see from the way her face is fixed, are loneliness a sense of loss, she looks worn down, her hands are blood red and purple that makes you feel her pain, her eyes are drained in sorrow.
I have noticed a few things that puzzled me, two legs in the ceiling though this might be a show that the audience are watching but I wonder why they would put someone high up to do a show while they are chandeliers where they’ll hurt themselves on.
This painting is a well known painting and is famous world-wide, I find it fascinating and different from all the paintings that I’ve seen before. It’s a painting that a lot of people would find wonderful to read. I have learnt a lot from it.