Romantic paintings with hidden undertones that are not as simple as they seem at first glance.
You can talk about love in different ways – including in languages of different styles of visual art. These languages are understandable to everyone, despite the fact that the personalities of artists and the plots of their works often constitute a mystery and understatement.
Rembrandt – “The Jewish Bride”
The great master of the Baroque era touched on a variety of themes and genres in his works and brilliantly displayed the inner world of the characters in the paintings, carefully displaying their facial expressions and masterfully using the play of light and shadow.
The name of the picture was given not 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 painting depicts a bride girl and a father, who presented her a pearl necklace before the wedding. However, over time, researchers have refuted this theory. Now it is assumed that Rembrandt depicted a married couple, most likely – his son Titus and his wife Magdalen. According to another, less common version, this is a family portrait, made by the artist on request.
“Jewish Bride” – one of the latest works of the master. Despite the fact that there is no movement in the picture, the action, the faces of a man and a woman, their festive clothing, a certain theatricality and at the same time naturalness of the composition riveted attention, it was not by chance that Vincent Van Gogh once expressed the desire to “sit for two weeks in front of this picture with only one loaf of bread. ”
Jean-Honore Fragonard – “A Fur Kiss”
Fragonard, the artist whose name bears the French perfumery enterprise, presented the world with a large number of paintings, drawings and engravings in the rococo style. “A Fur Kiss,” a work created on the eve of the Great French Revolution, in the 1780s, depicts a girl whose features resemble the artist’s daughter Rosalia. The scene of the secret meeting of two lovers in secret from guests who are located in the next room looks touching and rather chaste – if you 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 Second, the Polish king Stanislav Augustus Poniatowski, “The Fiscal Kiss” ended up in the Hermitage collection.
Pierre Auguste Renoir – “Dance in Bougival”
One of the most famous masters of impressionism, Renoir received recognition, working in the genre of secular portrait.
Bougival is a suburb of Paris, which was sometimes called the cradle of impressionism – they worked there including Sisley and Monet. In 1883, Renoir created three “Dance” – “Dance in the City”, “Dance in the 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 famous model of the late XIX century, and then the artist Suzanne Valadon, the mother of Maurice Utrillo and the first woman to become a member of the National Society of Fine Arts in France.
Jules Bastien-Lepage “Country Love”
In 1885, this painting, written in the genre of naturalism, was acquired by Sergei Tretyakov at the post-mortem sale of works by Bastien-Lepage in Paris. At the same time, the painting “Haymaking” was sold, currently on display at the Orsay Museum. Both canvases seem to complement each other, combining the present and future, and perhaps real life and memories.
Artists naturalists sought to accurately reflect the reality and especially – the life of the peasants. The plot of the work is a declaration of love that takes place in a poor French village, where in the background one can discern the figure of a woman working in a vegetable garden.
This artist, famous for his realistic, lively, 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 Venetian women.
The work of de Blaas is distinguished by a desire for an aesthetic ideal, the attribution of the best qualities to the characters on the canvas, and therefore a particular charm and appeal.
The picture, written in 1889, in addition to its artistic merit, attracts and intrigue, hidden in the title – the viewer can only decide who plays the role of Spider on the canvas, and who – Flies.