R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Talbot Hughes - Cinderella (no date)

Today I would like to share ‘Cinderella’ by British painter Talbot Hughes. I love how Hughes depicts our classic fairy tale heroine as she performs her thankless duties at home, cleaning out the fireplace with broom in hand. While stepping out from the shadows, a cool, soothing light reveals the hopeful expression on the face as she looks to an unspecified location outside our point of view. I love the contrast between this mysterious light and that of the warm fire behind her. As the viewer, which light source is more appealing to you? One might associate the fire with warmth and security, while the mysterious light leaves open the possibility that one may encounter evil or the unknown. In this work I would assert that Cinderella is willing to take a chance if it means attending the ball and meeting her prince--or escaping these sad confines, if only for one night.
Tags: art for the month of june
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