Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit

1 comment:

Yi Chou said...

John Singer Sargent, American, 1856-1925
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit
Oil on canvas
221.93 x 222.57 cm (87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit 19.124
© 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(All Info acquired on MFA website)

19th century wealthy family. We see the older sister standing to the left properly with her hands behind her waist.
he two young girls dressed in black already contrast with the older sister wearing red. Youngest one is wearing pure white and the other ones in the shadow are dressed in black.

i think that the image is cut on the vase to the right side of the screen to make the viewers mind create a larger room. Another element that make the dimensions look bigger is seen by the fact that there is a dim light in the end of the shadowy part. It stretches the image further into the horizon line.

The color contrast is between blue, red and a dark beige. The light haired girls are located in the foreground of the beige carpet and the darker haired girls are located in the shadows.

The wealth is seen by the space there is and the two nice vases and the nice carpet.

The viewer is positioned directly in front of the painting. It looks like all 4 girls are looking into the painter's eyes except the one leaning on the vase to the left. She's looking into the far right which make us know that there is much more to he room. She seems to be the shyer one. Although the smallest girl is closest to the viewer, i get a feeling that the main character is the one not looking at the viewer because she's the most unique. Although i think that it might be subliminal. My attention in drawn mostly to the girl in red on the left because the wall behind her is monotonous. You could basically crop her and it would be a great portrait of her.
Then i look at the youngest little girl because she's sitting there with a doll in her hands. The attraction to the eyes regarding this little one is the fact that she's the closest to the painter.

This painting is very obviously real! It was probably the best the artist could do considering that the girls were probably reluctant to stay still for hours. I do think that the painting was commissioned by one of the parents (dad or mom) in which case the purpose would have been to keep a record of what their daughters looked like in their precious childhood. The painting narrates what the daughters' attitude towards each other was at time tie of their individual lives. Maybe they'll look back at the painting when they're way older and appreciate the feelings they had back then. I think parents try their best to conserve their children's childhood memories.

There also seems to be 2 subliminal triangles in this painting. One is formed y the three blue objects: two vases and the carpet. the other triangle is formed by the three daughters looking at the viewer. So basically one triangle has white points and the other one has blue points. Then there's another one which is outlines by on of the sides of a furniture like object behind the vase to the right. It's a triangle with a very acute angle. It almost looks like a room divider.

There are 4 levels of depth. 1: the little girl. 2: the girl in red. 3: the two vases and the two girls in black. 4: the gloomy light in the background. Again, it makes the picture look much huger than it would have otherwise.

They all have a white vest / overdress on. Parents usually like to dress their kids alike (i know my parents did). I see that they are all linked by their white overdresses. The white overdresses accentuated their innocence.

This is a painting of innocence.