R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,
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Thomas Couture - The Supper after the Masked Ball (c.1855)



Today I will share Thomas Couture's print for "The Supper after the Masked Ball", which resides in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/150770

Couture's "Supper" depicts the epilogue of a decadent party, which conveniently resulted in his subjects draped throughout the scene in picturesque manner. It must have been quite a gathering! This piece uses a composition and narrative style which I associate with large scale academic work, providing an interesting treatment for such worldly subject matter.

Couture also produced an oil painting of this scene, however I prefer this print. The version of the painting I've seen seems much too dark, and from what I've read the restoration process presented greater than usual challenges.



https://www.gallery.ca/magazine/in-the-spotlight/conservation-of-supper-at-the-maison-dor-by-thomas-couture

Either way, I like the bright, colorful quality of the print, which I believe gives the scene a more honest, straight-forward approach, offering our drunken party-goers no shadows in which to hide. Like a fashion photographer shooting his models with a ring light, everything before the eye is exposed for observation. The "Supper" print has a certain chic quality which would make it suitable for the pages of a glossy magazine.
Tags: before and after the ball march 2018
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