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Eye Candy for Today: H Siddons Mowbray’s Idle Hours

Idle Hours, H. Siddons Mowbray
Idle Hours, H. Siddons Mowbray

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikipedia, original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Though not in the kind of exotic location common to the Orientalist paintings that were fashionable the time, Mowbray has dressed is models in oriental costume as they languorously while away their time watching pet turtles eat lettuce.

Mowbray’s composition is softly harmonious, with rich but subdued colors, gentle value transitions and restrained brushwork.