Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Art and Beauty Tuesday--John Frederick Lewis
Today's painting is Girl with Two Caged Doves by John Frederick Lewis.
I love the bright colors in her apron, shirt (which you see at her waste and collar) and scarf. The warm sun pervades the entire picture and fills it with bright happiness. The subtle orange-red of her lips matches the red throughout the picture.
The eye is drawn to the navy blue pillow on the bed and the way the sun shines on it from the window.
The sunlight throws a pattern from the window onto the pastel pattern in her skirt.
The beautifully carved wooden door makes a compelling backdrop for the visually rich picture.
The dove in her hand seems to trust her. In searching the picture for the second dove, I noticed the small table at her feet with the ceramic vase and round, blood-orange colored fruit.
The second dove is not completely in the frame, its wings spread as if, unlike his cage-mate, he wants to be free.