Today’s “Ball” selection is by Italian painter Eugene von Blaas. What stands out immediately is the artist’s use of perspective, which leads the eye directly to the center of the composition, whereabouts the young man has his arm raised. I’m also notice the abundance of horizontal lines, as well as several rectangles, throughout the scene, all of which complement our painting’s orientation. Despite the messiness of the room, the structure of this composition is very orderly, providing a solid base wherein our subjects’ drama may unfold.
I love the ornery expression of the man’s face and the stately posture of the woman standing before him. Nice combination. She’s probably wonder what trouble he might start up at that evening’s party. The woman behind her at the doorway seems taken aback by this scene. Her presence might indicate that the young man, however friendly he might seem, merits caution. That aside, the painting maintains the sort of whimsical quality which I would associate with Norman Rockwell. Very cool.