Two nudes intertwine, from a series of reclining nude artwork, depicted from an overhead vantage. The two women’s bodies intertwine in an expanse of color; their faces appear identical. Viewed from above, they occupy the entire space. Feet disappear under a neck or head.
Unlike historic allegorical paintings, where venus is depicted with mythological symbols, this presentation lacks any such context. The figures are presented in more of a pin-up aesthetic, asserting a subtle erotic attraction. Their embrace heightens this sensual theme.
However, another interpretation is that these are not literal twins. A more plausible explanation is a metaphorical depiction of two facets of the same person. This explanation diminishes the sensual overtones. The figures partly obscure one another in the same embrace that eroticises the design. The display seeks a tension between modesty and provocation, between aesthetic and exhilaration. We are invited to contemplate not only the nature of the scene, but also its intention.
One reclining nude has her head at the top of the artwork, a toe lost in her wavy brown hair. The other reclining nude is inverted in the artwork, cradling the ankles of the former. A purple flower, echoing the purple of the background. The “chasing” head-to-leg configuration recalls the rotational symmetry of the yin-yang symbol. The balance imparts an air of serenity to the nude double portrait.
The presentation of the bodies is stylized. The lighting emphasizes the contours of the nude female forms. Their skin is smooth, defined by soft shadows. The center masses of the composition run a range of values although the color remains remarkably constant.
The bright purple background is gradually darker towards the left and top, making the brighter portions more vibrant by contrast. Similarly, the figure at the right glows in comparison to the less intense hues at the left.