R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Norman Rockwell - Before The Dance

I will shall begin my May "Ball" series with a work by American painter Norman Rockwell. In this scene we observe a young woman alone in her bedroom as she holds a dress up over her everyday clothes to admire her appearance in the mirror. I assume she's imagining the impression she'll make at the upcoming dance. My favorite aspect of this work is the sharp difference between her everyday clothes and the dress. Rockwell treats us to a glimpse our subject her before her transformation. Dressing up for a special occasion allows the opportunity to present oneself in a more refined manner, which is always a rush, but if the goal is to impress than one must also possess the confidence and grace to make that presentation seem effortless. You're not alone if this exercise strikes you as charmingly artificial, but for some folks it's part of their nature to want to gain the praise and acceptance of others, if only to affirm their own sense of personal worth.

Woah. Heavy.
Tags: before and after the ball may 2018
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