Thursday, March 20, 2014

Compelling Faces in Art - Frederick Cayley Robinson, The two Sisters.

Frederick Cayley Robinson (British, 1862 - 1927) was a painter of idyllic scenes and domestic interiors, decorator and illustrator. He was experimental in technique, particularly in different forms of tempera. This particular work, The two Sisters, is infused with quietism and a brooding quality; essentially Symbolist in nature, with a striking variety of mood and atmosphere, capable of evoking complex emotional responses. 

Janice (my wife) wrote a novel years ago about two sisters (that is still in manuscript form). I wonder what story she sees in this painting. 

George Eliot, in Middlemarch, said, “The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.” 

When we want meaningful emotional experiences, we look to the storyteller. Oh, there is a story here--

They seem to draw closer together, as if in fear. The silence has the quality of half-heard whispers, whispers that discomfit; more appalling than the loudest yells of anguish.

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