'The Dignity of Wisdom'. I set myself the challenge of painting an older woman and to express the beauty and wisdom which is so often overlooked in an increasingly 'youth culture'. I kept her loose and tried not to fiddle with details once I felt I had her presence. It's so easy to lose the essence of a painting if it's overworked.
Pre patriarchy, when women had high status and God was also recognised as Goddess, older women were revered for their experience and wisdom and were called Crones - now an insult. The Crone Goddess or dark mother is the last aspect of the Triple Goddess, together with the Mother and the Maiden she represents part of the circle of life. Hronos is the Greek word for time, so I surmise that this is the origin of Crone. Post the patriarchal takeover, the Crone was replaced by the male titan Kronos, and older women became devalued. As I have become older, I see the hidden treasures in older women, who should be once more brought to light, honoured and reinstated as a vital contribution to the world.

Professional quality art reproduction from an original acrylics painting by Magenta Wise. Printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl 285gsm paper with giclee archival inks. This is A4 size, including borders and can be fitted into a standard A4 frame, or you can trim and frame it to your taste. Custom sizes are available on request. Open edition. Signed on the back. Paper size - 29.7 x 21 cms. (11.7 x 8.3 inches.) approx. No extra shipping on multiple orders.Please note: There may be slight differences in the colours of items as seen on screen and in person.

Dignity and Wisdom