I love a good gesture.
The way he uses his hands when he’s talking. The angle of her neck when she looks over the fence. How they hold their bodies when they are waiting for the bus. The glance.
A gesture can embody the meaning of the piece.
It can be the expressive heart of the work.
A gesture can add meaning over and above what is spoken.
Gesture is the subtext.
I think it is the main element that attracts me to an image, the deciding factor when choosing a reference for a painting.