I was asked my opinion of this strangely engrossing drawing titled “Man Thru History”. It’s one of those huge multi-paneled works with lots of little details that draw your eye in—I looked everywhere for Waldo but couldn’t find him. Anyway, here’s one panel out of 23:
While the details are fun to pore over, I can’t say that I’m impressed with it overall. There are too many distortions.
- Start with the title: “Man thru history”. That’s actually accurate, in a sense. It’s an illustration of a particular man’s perception of history.
- While most of the figures are just standing, men are either committing violence, having violence done to them, or having sex. The only active women are having sex.
- There’s an awful lot of pink. Should it have been titled “White Man Thru History”?
- Everyone is conventionally attractive: slender, curvy women and muscular, athletic men. They’re also all clean and youthful. Where’s the variation in body type and age and race?
- It’s actually not very representative. There should be more people suffering from disease, more women the target of violence, and lots of dead babies.
Anyway, it’s got next to nothing to do with history. Maybe it should have been titled “Comic book artist practices figure drawing.”