Arts Everyday Living: Inside the Mind of a Child–Sisters, a Brother, and Son of a House Painter

William Bouguereau, Breton Brother and Sister, 1871, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

 

How can we resist the portrait of a child, no matter what the time or period of history. Yet each artist creates his own interpretation: from the moving portrayal of  peasant siblings by French academic painter William Bouguereau (1825-1905) to the rather intriguing relationship of the trio of sisters by British master John Everett Millais (1829-1896) to the arresting pose of Elof, the son a house painter by Sweden’s Norman Rockwell Carl Larsson (1853-1919).

 

John Everett Millais, Sisters, 1868, oil on canvas, Private Collection

 

Carl Larsson, Elof, 1916, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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