A lot's been going on lately so I've been low on time, but I was able to get this one done.
Sargentís Two Women Asleep in a Punt under the Willows 1887
This painting is of two women floating in a boat on a summers day, nestled together, their white skirts glowing, they are sandwiched between two bright red bars that form the boats structure. The upper bodies of the women, including the hat of the woman on the right form a triangle pointing north, a bright red circle is near the center of the triangle, the bosom of the woman on the right is pale green, the shoulder of the woman on the left is lavender, the hat is a warm soft straw. These colors are repeated throughout the painting, but this is the center, the heart. Notice how the red behind the womenís head forms an arrow from the left to the right with a flat line that stops it from running away. The side of the boat on the right, the log itís resting against and the reflection all point up towards the upper right corner. The water points to the upper right corner. What keeps the eye from leaving the canvas is the shore line and the tree trunk. The leaves on the tree on the upper left are heavy enough to weigh the eye back down to the boat by where the womenís feet lay.
Thereís also some funny business going on in the waterís surface next to the the boatís reflection but I canít figure out what it isÖ. maybe itís just leading the eye up and around the boatÖ. not sure.
The boat itself is an arrow.
The little bit of change of texture and color in the lower left corner is what keeps the eye from falling out of the picture, like a little plug of color, a little blip: stop.
Itís a circular design. Note how the foliage on the lower right leads the eye up to the tree trunk, which guides up and over to the willow branches that arch down onto the boat, where the shadows further guide the eye across the bottom of the painting back to the starting point.
Thereís a lot of repetition going on too, from the shape of the boat being repeated in the shape of the water, and the faint purple line as indicated by the green arrows. More boat shapes in the water shadow pointed out by the aqua arrows. Repetition of red abound in the upper left area as well.
Itís a high contrast painting, the center is brilliant light surrounded by dark, surrounded by some light with more darkÖa little bit of a bulls-eye effect.
I love how heís put peaches against lavenders, and done the whites of the skirts. Oh, and the boat isnít bad either!