R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Auguste Serrure - After the Honeymoon (1862)

Auguste Serrure - After the Honeymoon (1862).jpg

Today I would like to share 'After the Honeymoon' by French painter Auguste Serrure. Serrure's presentation of this scene is fairly straight forward, and I wonder whether he meant this work as a cynical commentary on marriage as a whole, or if he wanted us to emotionally identify with the wife. Seemingly tending to their upset child by herself, she is obviously displeased at her husband, who seated only a short distance away, lounging in front of the warm fire with his pipe. She could use more help, but unfortunately their marriage has either settled into this routine or, citing the traditions of the time, such duties had always been regarded as part of the woman's household work. To better understand the artist's intent, I would be interested to see a companion piece illustrating the husband's own supposed post-Honeymoon burdens.
Tags: art for the month of june
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