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    American Gothic. A very clever piece of art by Grant Wood.

    The man is holding a pitchfork, but see how many pitchfork shapes you can see throughout the rest of the picture.

    The characters are also thought-provoking. Are they good, Christian people who live cleanly, and work hard for what they have - or is there something sinister there?


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    The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, and Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie, by Thomas Lawrence, the originals of which hang opposite each other as the prize pieces of the Huntington Library in California.




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    Now they are chocolate-boxy.

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    Philistine!

    The Blue Boy is a lovely piece of art. It was actually painted in the 18th century, with the subject (believed to be the 12 year old Jonathan Buttall - son of a wealthy merchant), dressed in 17th century clothing.

    Interesting that it was sold in 1921 to the American railway magnate, Henry Edwards Huntington for around $700,000 - which in those days was around £180,000. How exchange rates have changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scurlogue View Post
    Philistine!

    The Blue Boy is a lovely piece of art. It was actually painted in the 18th century, with the subject (believed to be the 12 year old Jonathan Buttall - son of a wealthy merchant), dressed in 17th century clothing.

    Interesting that it was sold in 1921 to the American railway magnate, Henry Edwards Huntington for around $700,000 - which in those days was around £180,000. How exchange rates have changed.
    IIRC Painting figures wearing Blue was against the rules of painting at the time -- a right rebel that Gainsborough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray View Post
    IIRC Painting figures wearing Blue was against the rules of painting at the time -- a right rebel that Gainsborough!
    I think you’re right. Something about warmth of colours I think.

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    Aphrodite by William Bouguereau


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    This one by Jean-Léon Gérôme, has a disturbing finality about it.

    Michel Ney was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's most decorated Field Martials, and the only officer of his rank to be executed for treason after the Battle of Waterloo, and the restoration of the French Monarchy.

    He commanded the troops at his own execution, and gave them the order to fire.


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    ^^ By the way - It's called 'The Execution of Martial Ney'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scurlogue View Post
    Aphrodite by William Bouguereau
    Got the Cybill Shepherd "Moonlighting" soft lens on that one.

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