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Old 11-23-2003, 06:10 PM   #21
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:53 PM   #22
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I'm sure it would be interesting for members to actually see the painting in question. It's tough to capture and reduce a good-quality image, but here's a try:
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Old 11-24-2003, 01:20 AM   #23
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Old 11-24-2003, 12:22 PM   #24
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Thank you, Steven!
I just read a book described this painting.
Sargent arranged one girl in profile, but why?
Hint: she is the eldest.
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Old 11-24-2003, 12:29 PM   #25
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Poor Little Girl

Maybe JSS couldn't paint her pretty!
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Old 11-24-2003, 08:01 PM   #26
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I'm not aware of a reasoned, nonconjectural design for that, S.B. Perhaps you will have to enlighten us about what you've discovered about that pose.

What is the title of the book you referred to?
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Old 11-25-2003, 12:02 PM   #27
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Steve is right. You can never get even an inkling of how great this masterpiece is unless you actually see it--right up close. I took one of the worst train trips in European rail history to see it at the Tate in 98
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Old 11-25-2003, 01:03 PM   #28
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Please wait till many Sargent fans have a real adventure on this issue--the secret of the composition of this painting, Daughters of Boit, and find an answer by analyzing.

Anyone who has the best answer will be awarded.
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Old 11-25-2003, 02:17 PM   #29
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How bout this...

The girls are lit and composed according to their age rank. The oldest is most obscure and least lit. The next oldest, although her face is not obscure, is lit only slightly better than her older sister, and so on.

Could it be that the parents are etched somewhere into the darkness, eldest last?
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