(Apologies to those of you who clicked on this thread hoping to claim a picture of an attractive older woman.)
I recently received a rather large art print of a cougar from a friend of mine. She purchased it while on a recent holiday to Canada and said that as soon as she saw it, she knew it was “me”. I was quite taken aback by this, partly because I can’t say I know her all that well (she’s the wife of a former colleague), and partly because it’s probably the least “me” thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
This is what it looks like: http://www.artincanada.com/artists/roynauffts1.jpg
The art my husband and I have on display in our home is mostly Australian Aboriginal paintings and weavings, collected during a time when he and I were working in various remote communities in the Northern Territory; watercolours done by my father, who is an accomplished painter; and a collection of Jewish-themed vintage photographs. In other words, items that have a deeply personal meaning to us or our heritage. Also, on a practical level, many of the walls in our home are floor-to-ceiling glass, so we don’t even have much space in which to hang new artwork.
So my question is this: beyond being gracious and properly appreciative of the gift when she gave it to me, do I have any obligation to display it in my home? This woman and her husband do attend dinner parties at our home from time to time, so yes, there would be opportunities for her to see the print “in situ”. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but neither do I want to put up a print that looks to me, frankly, like a cross between Serious Cat and a Three Wolf Moon t-shirt.