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Wedding Portrait of Helen

Wedding Portrait

This classic wedding portrait was painted in a manner reminiscent of John Singer Sargent as a wedding gift to a family friend known since childhood.   The bride wears a white lace gown passed down from her mother and grandmother.  She holds a red arum lily in the same hand that catches a fold of her skirt.  Juxtaposed with these traditional elements of a bridal portrait we have a sharp sense of the bride as an individual.   Her inquiring eyes are focused on the outside world,  through the french doors.    Her pose is graceful, but the torque of her body expresses a quiet alertness.   The portrait revels in all the lush accouterments of dress and room, but our subject is a modern woman rather than a pretty icon.