Wednesday, May 5, 2010

white dresses, part 2: paintings

Two contrasting depictions of white dresses in the Victorian Era - one impressionist, a windy walk outside, the white dress all the more impractical but picturesque (i'm thinking Anne of Green Gables or A Room with a View); the other a portrait of a woman sitting down on a luxurious chair, her elusive expression challenging the viewer to question a woman's role as just another ornament in a lovely house.

Claude Monet - The Walk, Woman with a Parasol (Madame Monet and her Son), 1875

John Singer Sargent - Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892-93

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