Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boy with rabbit

Boy with rabbit, by Henry Raeburn, 1814 

This was probably one of the first paintings I ever saw. Let me explain. Growing up, in our house, my mom had a beautiful reproduction print of this painting (and also one of Van Gogh's sunflower paintings) hanging on the wall. I've always been a little smitten by the serenity and peacefulness of the scene, as well as the sultry colors. I love the way the artist has painted the white shirt of the boy—look closely at those ruffles and the left sleeve! And the rabbit is darling of course. My mother has given me this print, still in the same frame, and I still look at it almost daily.

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