For the historical art references, I went to research more on paintings that had hands close to the face and paintings that used minimal to no objects in their hands. It’s interesting to see how although all of the paintings have their hands close to the face but simple gestures and different placement of the fingers together with certain expression on the face can portray a very different meaning/feeling.

  1. Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait (The Desperate Man), 1843
  2. Gustave Courbet, Woman in a Straw Hat with Flowers, 1857
  3. William Adolphe Bouguereau – A Little Shepherdess, 1891
  4. Willem Geets , Jeune femme lisant
  5. Feliciana, Spanish Gypsy, John Bagnold Burgess, 1876
  6. Gustave Gutjeman, The Tambourine Player (Pharyah)
  7. Rêverie, Daniel Ridgway Knight 1866
  8. Jeune Espagnole, Conrad Kiesel
  9. The Young Rag-gather, Guillaume Charles Brun 
  10. Fair Reflection, Charles Edward Perugini