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Silver Favourites

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Silver Favourites - Description

Silver Favourites was completed by the artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in the year 1903. An oil painting, it hangs at a massive sixty-nine by forty-two inches and resides in the Manchester City Art Gallery in England. This piece was created in the Classical style studied by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Its perfection can be witnessed in the accuracy of subject form and color as well as the standard technique of training the eye to stay focused on one certain spot with the use of curved lines that make up the marble bench on which the ladies sit. Their eyes even point towards the pond, as if the circular motion of the wall is not enough to keep the viewer’s eye trapped in the foreground. The colors, cool shades of blue and green compliment each other, the ocean and the sky forming a unity between the subjects and nature. Though they are apart from nature, sitting on a platform of marble, they are still interacting with it by feeding the fish in the pond, hence the aforementioned “silver favourites”. Soft shades of red, hues of pink and fuschia sit quietly on the dresses of the women and do not clash adding to the harmonious tone of the painting that Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema strived to accomplish. The mastery of color is apparent in the consistency that the artist is able to represent his subjects with. The rosy skin, flowered hair and vaguely disinterested expressions are a signature apparent in most of his work. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema can be classified as a perfectionist in terms of the consistent attempt at transforming a canvas into a model for his classical concepts.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Silver Favourites

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