This macabre representation of a dead child holding a bird and wearing a gold ‘eye’ pendant stirs our sensitivities. Death is something we associate with old age, not youth, and yet the artist has chosen to depict the latter. Although adding wings to give flight, the artist has created a subject that is stone cold. Despite all of their yearnings to take flight, they are condemned to depict the fleeting nature of life while the bird embodies the child’s soul as it is freed from bodily existence.
ORIGINAL PAINTING FOR SELL