Arts Everyday Living: The Universal Gesture—An Artistic Link Between the Generations

Frank W. Benson, Eleanor, 1901, oil on canvas, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

The subjects may be quite different: Eleanor above, the young daughter of American Impressionist Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and the self-portrait of 30-something British artist George Richmond (1809-1896) below.  Yet, the similarity of gestures links them visually demonstrating the universality of art.

George Richmond, Self-Portrait, 1840, oil on canvas, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

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