Today I am pleased to share 'After the Ball' by American painter Edmund Tarbell. Here we observe a dark interior where a young woman is seated at the end of a table. Her gloves and a bouquet of flowers are seen at the table, and we can assume that she is at home.
Her facial expression and body language indicates that she's startled by our presence. The artist has captured a subtle yet chilling interaction with our subject and the viewer. Are we welcome here? Have we taken her by surprise?
This painting uses a high contrast technique which immediately grips the viewer's attenion. The white of her dress and nearby tablecloth stands out against the dark background. Given that observation, I must note that Tarbell rendered the light with a softness, supplying his scene with a dreamlike quality.