Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Tate Britain: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

At the Tate Britain, Mr. Hunter stepped in front of the camera to pose with a favorite John Singer Sargent painting: 
the luminous Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.  

The extensive JSS Virtual Gallery web site has an interesting article on how the artist created his work.  In order to capture his true impressions of a certain kind of light--a balance between twilight and the colorful glow of Chinese lanterns--Sargent would apparently paint this scene for about two minutes each day, gradually shifting the time from day to day as the sun went down earlier.

As you can see, I spent more than two minutes taking in this painting.   I especially loved the golden pink glow of the Chinese lanterns.


Lily, lantern, rose.

A lily.

The lilies and the glowing lantern.

You can make a virtual visit to see Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose on this page of the Google Art Project.

Tate Britain
London, England
September 2011

Official site for Tate Britain - http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

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