Romantic paintings with hidden subtext, which are not as simple as it seems at first glance
You can talk about love in different ways – including in languages of different styles of fine art. These languages are understandable to everyone, despite the fact that the personalities of artists and the plots of their works often conceal a mystery and understatement.
Rembrandt – The Jewish Bride
The great master of the Baroque era touched on a wide variety of themes and genres in his works and brilliantly displayed the inner world of the characters in the paintings, carefully reflecting their facial expressions and masterfully using the play of light and shadow.
The name of the painting was not given at all by the artist himself, but by the Dutch collector Van der Hope in 1825, which gave rise to an incorrect interpretation of the plot. It was believed that the picture depicts a girl-bride and father who presented her with a pearl necklace before the wedding. However, over time, researchers have refuted this theory. Now it is generally accepted that Rembrandt portrayed a married couple, most likely – his son Titus and his wife Magdalen. According to another, less common version, this is a family portrait, commissioned by the artist.
“Jewish Bride” is one of the last works of the master. Despite the fact that the picture does not contain any movement, action, the faces of the man and woman, their festive clothes, some theatricality and at the same time the naturalness of the composition attracts attention, it is not by chance that Vincent Van Gogh once expressed a desire to “sit for two weeks in front of this picture with only a loaf of bread. ”
Fragonard, an artist whose name is a French perfumery company, presented the world with a large number of paintings, drawings and prints in the Rococo style. Sneak A Kiss, a work created on the eve of the French Revolution in the 1780s, depicts a girl whose features resemble the artist’s daughter Rosalia. The scene of a secret meeting of two lovers secretly from guests in the next room looks touching and rather chaste – if we take into account the era in which the work was created.
After the change of several owners, one of which was the former favorite of Catherine the Great, the Polish king Stanislav Augustus Ponyatovsky, “Kiss Sneak” was in the Hermitage collection.
One of the most famous masters of impressionism, Renoir received recognition by working in the genre of secular portraiture.
Bougival is a suburb of Paris, which is sometimes called the cradle of impressionism – including Sisley and Monet. In 1883, Renoir created three “Dances” – “Dance in the city”, “Dance in Bougival” and “Dance in the village”. In all three paintings, the man’s face is hidden from the viewer. The model for the female image of “Dance in Bougival” was the model, famous at the end of the 19th century, and then the artist Susanne Valadon, mother of Maurice Utrillo and the first woman to become a member of the National Society of Fine Arts in France.
In 1885, this painting, written in the genre of naturalism, was acquired by Sergei Tretyakov at the posthumous sale of works by Bastien-Lepage in Paris. At the same time, the painting “Haymaking” was sold, currently exhibited at the Orsay Museum. Both canvases seem to complement each other, combining present and future, and maybe real life and memories.
Naturalist painters strove for the most accurate representation of reality and especially the life of peasants. The plot of the work is a declaration of love taking place in a poor French village, where in the background you can distinguish the figure of a woman working in the garden.
This artist, famous for his realistic, vibrant, harmonious paintings, began his career under the guidance of his father, who worked in the Biedermeier style and taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Eugene himself worked in the style of academic classicism, wrote genre paintings from the life of ordinary Venetians – and beautiful Venetians.
The works of de Blaas are distinguished by the desire for an aesthetic ideal, attributing the very best qualities to the characters on the canvas, and therefore – a special charm and attractiveness.
The painting, written in 1889, besides its artistic merits, attracts with the intrigue hidden in the title – the viewer can only decide who on the canvas plays the role of the Spider and who plays the Flies.