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A Difference of Opinion

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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A Difference of Opinion - Description

Victorian painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema painted A Difference of Opinion in the year 1896. It is a small oil painting measuring only nine by fifteen inches. The lavishness and decadence of this classical scene is apparent in both the content and structure occurring on this canvas. Notice how the pink flowered vine adorns the top of the white colonnade running along the middle ground behind the two subjects. The colonnade is not supporting any structure and yet it is as lavishly decorated and celebrated as the rosy cheeked people gazing into a distance far behind the view of the observer. This could be a comment of the frivolousness of excess décor as complimented by the crowns and lavish sumptuous garments adorning the people. Interestingly, the space existing beneath the man and woman flows from the brilliant white shade of the colonnade into a sea of peach colored ethereal space. This, when juxtaposed beneath the teal oceanic background gives the painting the feeling of daintiness and splendor one might expect to find in mostly all of Alma-Tadema’s work. This work is a celebration of color, radiance and beauty. The subjects fit harmoniously with the colors of the back and foreground, strengthening the notion that Alma-Tadema’s interest and intention was to create a visual phenomenon akin to the layers of hedonism one might only find atop a wedding cake.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: A Difference of Opinion

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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