I first saw it as a poor reproduction in the school library - (remember those?).
Struggling then, as now, with the fact that the drawing on the paper never quite matched the image in my head - it just seemed beautiful, unattainable - but the wee chain on the bird’s leg, niggled.
I’ve seen it in reality since, in Holland and in New York, and it’s stunning - but that wee chain still disturbs.
I’ve now seen it again, and it’s taken on a sadness which I can’t shake off.
Like me, you might be angry/ saddened/ frightened, by the result of the election in the U.S. - and maybe this wasn’t the day to go and see this painting again - but in that context, what was in my head was - ‘ I can keep you in check, and I will’ - Power and Control - and maybe Hadley Freeman’s article added to that feeling - but read it and see what you think about that wee chain.