Eye Candy for Today: Tarbell’s Mother and Child in a Boat

Mother and Child in a Boat, Edmund Charles Tarbell
Mother and Child in a Boat, Edmund Charles Tarbell

On Google Art Project. Hi-res downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

I had the pleasure of seeing this in person as part of a show of Tarbell’s work that visited the Delaware Art Museum back in 2002, and it’s striking, even amid Tarbell’s other beautiful work. The word “painterly” doesn’t do the textural paint handling justice.

For more, see my previous posts on Edmund Tarbell (linked below).

The museum’s website points out that Tarbell’s composition and subject here may have taken inspiration form Sargent’s Two Women Asleep in a Punt under the Willows.

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