Beyond Gobbledigook

Mother and child in a boat

Posted in Oil on canvas by Jessica on March 12, 2009

Mother and child in a boat by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1892, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This painting, though seemingly plain and ordinary from afar, is actually very beautiful and elegant if you look at it up close. Standing within arm’s length of the picture reveals the complexity and the striking use of color in the fabric of the mother’s dress and the white paint of the boat, as well as the stunning reflection of the leaves in the water. The individual splashes of excitement and bright colors combine to create, somewhat ironically, a very peaceful and serene scene of a mother and her child in a boat, hence the title. Both aspects really appeal to me, and the painting makes me nostalgic for youthful summer days of lazing the afternoon away in the outdoors.

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