Of course the portrait is the same only reflected. However, the colours are very different as a result of photography (lightning) and/or printing (pigments).
The large version has mainly a terracotta sepia colour palette. The beautiful warm reddish colour is complemented with a bit of subtle deep purple discolouration above the eye and in the dangling hair of the woman. The paper looks damaged with some whitish discolouration and even a bit of very vague green. The black is beautifully deep, especially at the place of the eye and next to the profile to the woman to push her face to the front and her hair to the back.
Now, observe the smaller version. This image looks faded. Still there is some orange-sepia at the top of the head. The eye looks black, with green and soft red. There is more green and blue in this image. Notice the soft green eyebrow and deep red in the nostrils. The woman’s dangling hair is grey, green, blue as well as red-brown. Her dress comes close to greenish-yellow and her skin is tan in her face and chest. There is just enough black left to suggest depth, and enough ‘white’ to suggest light.
I find both versions wonderful. Both have a truly beautiful colour palette. Now notice what colour does to you. To me the large sepia version feels warmer and fills me with human warmth. Due to the predominately terracotta colours, this drawing feel earthly. The smaller faded version overall makes a more ethereal impression. It makes me think more of the woman, who has lived and died and is fading in time, providing me with a sense of impermanence.
If I had to choose one of the versions it would take me some time to decide. For a room that needs human warmth, I would opt for the larger version. For a place for meditation or contemplation, I would choose the faded one.
What about you?
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