Today I would like to share 'In a Roman Osteria' by Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch. In this work I'm under the impression our vantage point is that of someone whose entrance has aroused different conflicting reactions from the three individuals seated the foreground table. This isn't a typical group portrait, as we the viewer seem to be interacting with our subjects. Judging by their facial expressions, perhaps we're intruding or inviting trouble by showing our face here. The two women seem intrigued while the man appears perturbed.
What impression do you get from this scene? Do you feel welcome in this scene?
That aside, I love the presentation and composition of this painting along with all the details found throughout the restaurant.