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Four Corners and a Void
Maybe that painting drove them insane; it is kind of creepy looking for a portrait. But I like the explanation about the stages of childhood.
By: PT Dilloway on May 30, 2014
A fascinating tale!
By: John on May 30, 2014
If you were to put all these dissertations and more together into an "Art Appreciation" book, and as you were a former professor in the subject I know you could, I would buy a copy for sure.
By: Cranky on May 30, 2014
oh my gosh- what a fascinating exploration of this painting. Especially the history of these 4 sisters and their lives. No marriages and two ending up insane. It makes this painting even more interesting. Thanks once again for the Art History lesson.
By: Kathe W. on May 30, 2014
oh, gosh! how eerie!
By: TexWisGirl on May 30, 2014
I do love his work. So romantic and rich. I am amazed that those beautiful vases are still around and travel with the painting!
By: Tabor on May 30, 2014
I like it. They probably were alienated from one another. Families aren't always close and loving. Why pretend? Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on May 30, 2014
What an interesting story about the actual children and what became of them. Most art to me that is really interesting, is up for different interpretations by the viewers. I found the painting dark and disturbing. I have always tried to make up stories about the subjects.
By: Akansas Patti on May 30, 2014
I really like the close ups of the faces - they show life and warmth -- but his composition is so cold and static. That's probably why it's so unsettling. It just doesn't work well as a whole.
By: Lexa Cain on May 30, 2014
I've learned so much from you!!
By: fishducky on May 30, 2014
Would it prove me an imbecile to simply say that it is an enjoyable portrait to look at? Methinks it probably would. So, I shan't.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on May 30, 2014
I think it speaks highly for you that I kept scrolling back up to look at the picture as I kept reading your blog post. And your words "Or did he?" made me scroll up once more, to study the painting again, looking for something that might be there. You are great at this!
By: Pixel Peeper on May 30, 2014
It's surprising that the right of the picture doesn't contain any of the sisters. He must have picked up that these girls were a bit strange.
By: red on May 30, 2014
I don't find it creepy or odd. But those are some big-ass vases.
By: Val on May 30, 2014
Wow. A scary foreshadowing.
By: mimi on May 30, 2014
Wow! I just got chills when I read the end because as beautiful as the painting is, I found it a bit disturbing---the two girls in the shadows creeped me out a bit. Very telling.
By: marcia @ Menopausal Mother on May 30, 2014
A fascinating and intriguing post. Your scholarship on this is appreciated. The fact about the two girls in the background is eerie.
By: Tom Cochrun on May 30, 2014
I saw the painting when we were in Boston two years ago, but didn't pay half as much attention to it as I have this morning.
By: (not necessarily your) Uncle Skip on May 31, 2014
I remember this painting and those vases well. I was lucky enough to see them in Boston over a decade ago and I felt an uneasiness with it then. For many reasons, that was a fascinating section of the MFA.
By: Hilary on May 31, 2014
This is fascinating. Thanks so much for shedding light on this for me. I was familiar with the painting and have always liked it, but had never really studied it.
By: Mitchell is Moving on May 31, 2014
Mr. Boit must have been very unhappy with this result ... but it sure makes for a great story. The girls looked ghostly to me, even before I got to the ending. Fascinating, in the true sense of the word.
By: Tom Sightings on May 31, 2014
It may be perceived as dark and foreboding to some. I see it as one painting that is particular telling of each girl for their age. As one gets older they withdraw and try to create a space to call their own. If my assumptions are close to the painters direction then I guess I've understood the intent... with your help. ;-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 4, 2014
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