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May I get another Cultural Cocktail, please?

 

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

Detail from Sargeant Painting

“Is there an escape hatch down there?”

“May I get another Cultural Cocktail, please?” 

Walking by John Singer Sargent’s “Dinner Table At Night” at San Franciso’s De Young Museum. I was struck by the disconnect between the female subject and her dinner companion who are not even facing each other.

The artist’s palette is overwhelmingly red, yet, there are no sparks in this frosty tête-à-tête.

Red sconces burn on the table, but there is nary a torch burning between these two.

Instead, the woman looks out to the viewer for a possible human connection.

Detail from the Painting: John Singer Sargent; 1884; de Young Gallery 28; 19th Century AD; Oil On Canvas20 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (51.4 x 66.7 cm); Frame: 29 1/2 x 35 5/8 x 3 1/4 in. (74.9 x 90.5 x 8.3 cm); American Painting; United States; Provenance:

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vickers, Lavington Rectory (Near Petworth,England)V.C. Vickers David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1972
Accession Number: 73.12 Acquisition Date:1973-12-23 Gift of the Atholl McBean Foundation

Posted by on June 28th, 2019

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