R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,
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Charles Edward Hallé - Preparing for the Ball (1882)



Today's "Ball" selection is by English painter Charles Edward Hallé. In this work we observe our subjects making flowers into garlands to hang throughout the ballroom.

Discounting the smaller figure toward the right, the three women in the foreground remind me of the Charities, the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome. Italian sculptor Antonio Canova's 'Three Graces' is perhaps the most popular portrayal of the Charities. With that in mind, our three women in Hallé's painting appear almost identical to one another and might be considered sisters. Yes, the center is a blonde, but her build and facial features resemble that of the other two. Perhaps Hallé intended his trio as a reference to the Charities. It would seem fitting that those mythogicial siblings might contribute toward such festivities.
Tags: before and after the ball may 2018
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