R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

William Etty - Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball (1833)

Today’s selection is by British painter William Etty. In this scene we observe two women preparing for their night out. I’m curious about the interaction between these two. Looking outward at the viewer, the standing woman commands our attention, while the other lady, seated and flower a flower, glances up at her helpful friend. Based on this simple display, I can’t help but make assumptions about their personalities. To me, the standing woman seems brash and confident, willing to take command of a situation, while the other seems romantic and shy, likely to follow the lead of her companion. I’m sure those traits will yield different results when encountering situations at the “fancy dress ball”.
Tags: before and after the ball may 2018
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