R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Hans Makart - The Dream After the Ball

Today's selection by Austrian painter Hans Makart uses a narrative approach that I find intriguing. I'm still trying to figure this one out.

Here we observe a woman seated back with her head down and sleeping. Maybe she nodded off while preparing herself for bed. She seems to be wearing her nightgown, and at her side would be the decorative dress she wore to that evening's ball. At the base of this dress are two characters resembling cupids who appear to be pinning arrows and hearts into the fabric. In a state of dream, her mind is processing the events of that evening, so why not bring out the cupids for a little mischief? Maybe she's dreaming of a certain someone she met earlier at the ball, and the cupids are occupying the scene to convey to the viewer her budding affection for her newest suitor.

Who knows. Interpreting the cupids would prove as difficult as understanding love itself.
Tags: before and after the ball march 2018
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