ERIK standing triumph.psd
This painting is a study of the process of diving. The figure is positioned in the air, ready to plunge into the water. The hand gestures before the jump suggest that he will rise and descend. This is a secondary reading, a metaphor for the imaginative leap. The arrows on the dive board reinforce the old meaning. While the image is unambiguous, the ambiguity is also a mark of the artist's mind.
A diving painting is often associated with water sports. This one shows a young man getting ready to jump from a diving board. He is wearing a traditional swimming costume. The area where the two are standing is clear of other structures.
The painting is by a Belgian artist, Jan Keteleer. This artist enjoyed depicting local scenes and life, and this one is no exception. In this painting, a man is ready to plunge from a diving board.