Titled: The snake Charmer 1889
This painting I found highlights the lengths the human spirit is able to “push beyond the limits of danger”. By overcoming danger in this case – the risk of a snake bite, people around are look up and see a hero who is able to conquer what no ordinary person could do. The painting captures this emotion where one being is able to conquer both fear and danger.
To the right of the painting shows a young boy in green outfit that has a gentle smile which show his admiration and sense of calm despite snacks being moving around the snake charmers head and hand. It’s as if all eyes on me as I bring possibly both entertainment and something super human like to be able to conversely share the same personal space of a snake.
The majority of people aren’t snake handlers especially people living in urban areas whereas they would normally freak out not having been out of the city or concrete jungle.
The painting also lends itself that to get this experience of seeing a snake charmer you would have to visit Algeria in the rural areas to fully appreciate the marvels of this snake charmer.
The colour tones give it a warm feeling where the emotions are welcoming as people are smiling and enjoying the occasion where two of the impossibilities in this case handling a snake with an ordinary man is almost impossible without a great sense of bravery and courage which not many people have. We can also see as the crowd are distanced back as there is a sense of danger in this case the risk of a snake bite. Also of interests are the mountains behind where the landscape is open and rituals like these help bring communities together.