This particular piece by artist Jan Keteleer, is called Women on a Diving Board and was made as part of the "Diving Woman" series which was a series of works meant to aid women in breaking free from the traditional roles that society had set for them. Jan Keteleer is an acclaimed Belgian artist who specialized in oil painting and sculpture and is able to bring a realistic depth and color to what was an already magnificent art form at the time. His bold style of blending the softness of the sea foam with the roughness and vitality of the land brought a beautiful authenticity to his oil paintings that remains true masterpieces to this day.
A woman sitting on a diving board is just as much a depiction of the female experience as it is a look into the early 1960s. Jan Keteleer blended his craftsmanship with his love of art and science to create this work of art. One can't help but feel that the idea of a woman diving out into the blackness of the ocean during a thunderstorm or falling from a great height while in flight is far more appealing than the stiff business of everyday life. It's hard to imagine that such a brave and adventurous individual would ever need to find a way to get herself off a diving board, but that was exactly how artist Jan Keteleer found himself while working on this oil painting.
This oil painting is one that anyone who has ever experienced a diving experience or a boating trip should enjoy. For those who have never seen this work of art, you will want to give it a try. You may find yourself falling in love with this unique perspective on a woman sitting on a diving board.