Saturday, February 20, 2010

Never put more than two waves in a picture; it's fussy.

If I could have own any painting in the world, it would be Winslow Homer's Summer Night. For now, I have to satisfy my love by visiting it as often as possible at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Winslow Homer was an American guilded age artist with a personal style somewhere between realism and impressionism. Summer Night perfectly expresses this synthesis.

Two women dancing together, silhouetted by moonlight against the ocean, the image is rich and mysterious. The woman facing us has a Mona Lisa smile and you know that there's nowhere she'd rather be than on that beach, on that night, dancing in the moonlight. 

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