What do you see first: the fairy or the flowers?
This is a subtle illusion, with our eyes being naturally drawn to the eyes of the fairy first, because of the use of dark colours, contrasting with the white of the face. We need to see the overall picture, which is her portrait. Her ‘hair’ fans out behind and her eyebrows are prominent because of their dark shade.
The face is partially hidden in the white flowers, one of which forms her left cheek, the other opens upon her forehead. The dark green leaves resemble wings, behind the fairy’s face.
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