"The weaker sex is actually the stronger sex because of the stronger sex's weakness for the weaker sex." — Chuck Jones (original watercolor, circa 1940s.)
Nothing will change the wild ways of a centaur quicker than the prospect of becoming a father. Original watercolor by Chuck Jones from a series, circa 1940s, that whimsically explored relationships between the sexes (and in this case, between species.)
Added to Chuck Jones' obvious mastery of the watercolor medium is his wit, humor and intelligence. One of our favorite quotes from Chuck about kissing a woman's hand is:
"Hand kissing. This is something I took up when I realized its character and intent. A girl is a continuous thing, and it isn't because the hand-bone is connected to the arm-bone, the arm-bone is connected to the head-bone. The skin of a girl's hand is connected by direct route and direct wire to her lips, the hand is like holding the end of a lariat, the business part is at the end. So when the continental gallant kisses a girl's hand he is in effect saying what every sane woman wants to hear: "I'd like to kiss your lips." Shaking hands is just silly, whoever heard of shaking lips?"
Chuck Jones mastery of the watercolor medium was a result of his rigorous and formal training at the Chouinard Institute (now CalArts in Valencia.) This watercolor is from a series Jones created during the 1940s and which will be featured here this week at Chuck Redux. Watercolor and graphite on fine watercolor paper, 15.5" x 20.25". It is available as a fine art reproduction on paper, edition of 99, click here for more information.