Things are not always what they look like at first sight

Things are not always what they look like at first sight

1/10/2021, 9:15:26 PM
Things are not always what they look like at first sight. Alms of a Beggar (1880) was painted by Jean-Eugene Buland (1852-1926). In this case, the man with his patched-up pants is the one helping out another. He has a coin in his hand to give to the woman in white. It may be his last coin. The woman is seated in a church, and she is immaculately dressed in white. This woman holds up her hands to collect the alms. She represents the church (either symbolically or physically by being the one collecting the alms for the church). The painting raises several questions? Why are the roles seemingly reversed here? Shouldn't the church help out the beggar? And do both figures seem so removed from what's going on? They are both just gazing ahead. And the church seems to be in good condition here, why do they need these alms. Are they helping people more in need than this beggar? Anyway, it makes it a very interesting painting. This work sold in 2012 for $75,000. #Art #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #Painting #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Buland #Beggar #Church #Alms #Alm #Money #Coin #LastMoney #Donation #Donate #Symbolism #Symbolics #Buland #Artist #Painter #Confusing #Intriguing

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