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The boy in blue. Portrait Of Jonathan Buttle

Painting, 1770, 178×122 cm

Description of the artwork «The boy in blue. Portrait Of Jonathan Buttle»

Jonathan buttle, with whom Gainsborough wrote "Blue boy"was the son of his friend, a wealthy merchant iron and hardware goods. The artist drew in the model, the expression of independence and personal significance. Subsequently, the grown-up Jonathan was collecting drawings by Gainsborough, they were friends.

Why Jonathan buttle dressed in the costume of the aristocrat?

Jonathan buttle, as already noted, was not an aristocrat. Why, then, he is dressed in a sumptuous costume – white stockings, blue satin breeches and a waistcoat with gold embroidery, collar and cuffs of expensive lace? This is due to the spread in 1770 in Britain fashion pose for portraits in costumes of XVII century, such as those in which aristocrats dressed with paintings Rubens and Van Dyck – by the way, my two favorite artists Gainsborough, very much influenced his style.

"Blue boy" is often praised for sophistication. However, it is in a democratic spirit Gainsborough says of this portrait: the nobility not aristocratic genes and properties of the personality itself.

Composition and coloristic paintings

Like most of the portraits of Gainsborough, the song "Blue boy" is very simple: a human figure is located in the very center of the canvas by pulling the shoulder and one side of the body slightly forward. With great skill Gainsborough transmits live ease shape in spite of external static poses.

"Blue boy" Gainsborough demonstrates a rich variety of cool colors: silver blue, dark blue, the dull green, silver-fawn, grey. The picture even gave reason to believe that blue was the favorite color of the artist. There is also a version that "Blue boy" is a hidden polemic Gainsborough with his rival in the practice of portrait and opponent views on art Joshua Reynolds.

Adhering to academically-classical views, Reynolds believed that the basis of the portrait images should always lie warm tones on the basis of brown and red, and the cold can only serve as a complement to them. Cool shades, according to reynoldsville theory of color distribution can be used only where the artist needs to portray the shadow. Gainsborough, as a rule, abstained from the theoretical debates within the walls of the Royal Academy; the thesis of Reynolds, he denied the very existence of "Portrait of Jonathan Buttle".

By the way, in the creative heritage of Gainsborough, there is also the so-called "Pink boy" ("Young Nicola", 1782), is very similar in composition, but much less well known than the "Boy in blue".

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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Rococo, Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1770

Size: 178×122 cm

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