Monday, June 27, 2005

Blue and White Vases



The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882 by John Singer Sargent, MFA Boston.

Sargent's portraits of children are among his most expressive. It must have been nice for him to work with subjects who would have probably been less vain than the adults (although I am sure a few of them were looking over his shoulder).

2 comments:

Katherine said...

wow! the emotion and tension in this work totally blows me away! thanks so much!

David said...

> ...the emotion and tension...blows me away!

Yes, me too. I love that the oldest girl is not even looking at the viewer. Actually the pose of each one is perfect for her age.

The size of the painting is striking too. It's about 7' x 7'.

This really has the qualities of a snapshot though, which is pretty unusual for 1882, when photographs were typically as posed as stiffly as paintings.

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