Girl Sketching | Henry Raeburn | 1810 | Sudley House, Liverpool
Raeburn put his soul into this painting, he painted the gist of reality, but painted his lover’s eyes. Nearing completion, he rowed with his lover, they split, and he couldn’t complete this painting (notice how her right hand is a smear, counter Raeburn’s normal attention to detail). Months later, sick of seeing it in his studio and being reminded of his past, he painted over the eyes, making them a dark brown. If you get close enough, you can still see a blue around the edges where he didn’t quite manage to cover the original.
And this is what you discover when you spend about five hours in one room of a gallery and get into conversation with the people who work there.
tagged as: art. raeburn. why have i even bothered to type this?. i need to get a life.