R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Alvarez Catala Lewis - Dressing For The Ball (1876)

I rarely describe paintings as loud, but I will make an exception for today’s work by Spanish painter Alvarez Catala Lewis. In this piece our wealthy subjects’ lavish indulgence is reflected in Lewis’s application of bright color and detail throughout the scene. Absent of free space, the information throughout this scene is overwhelming, however Lewis’s composition effectively direct the eye upon the drama unfolding between the man and woman at center. Observing their various poses and expressions of his subjects, the artist shows an unexpectedly wide range of emotion. There are some great interactions between these five figures, even though they’re at risk of being upstaged by the Lewis’s lurid presentation of the scene.
Tags: before and after the ball may 2018
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