Our subject in yesterday’s entry for “After the Ball” by Alfred Stevens isn’t the only one feeling disappointed after her night out. In a work that shares the same title, Spanish painter Francesc Masriera presents a similar scene of a lady composing herself while receiving encouragement from friends. In comparison to Stevens’s piece, Masriera’s painting uses a brighter palette and strikes a chord which is far less bleak.
The young woman seems deep in thought, contemplating the events of the evening while her bouquet of flowers is seen tossed on the floor. She’s positioned facing our vantage point, clear for our observation, which gives me the impression she has nothing to hide. She is accompanied by her two companions—one whom appears to be offering advice while the other watches with a sympathetic expression. Through the simple use of body language, the interaction of these three figures supplies a thoughtful narrative from which the viewer can piece together the event which most likely transpired earlier at the ball. As mention earlier, the use of color certainly lightens the mood of this scene, offering the prospect of home which seemed absent in Stevens’s painting.
As a side note, I love the rendering of the wooden mirror frame found in the upper right, and mirror itself seems to be reflecting a beautiful curtain display from across the room.