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Frank Bramley - Domino! (1886)

Leonard Campbell Taylor - Patience (1906)

What better way to pass idle time than by occupying oneself with a game, if not one that offers a bit of a challenge? For today's December Double I would like to present 'Domino!' by English painter Frank Bramley and 'Patience' by fellow English painter Leonard Campbell Taylor. Both depict players contemplating their next move in their respective games from which each painting takes its namesake. I love how the artists’ framing and use of body language generate suspense while also providing discussion about the relationship between each pair of subjects.

In 'Domino!' my eyes are drawn to the woman with her back toward us, sitting up in her chair with a domino in one hand while griping her seat with the other, as she tries out-maneuver her opponent, casually hunched over her side of the table and seemingly disinterested in the game that she appears to be winning. Well, at least that’s my interpretation. I enjoy Bramley’s soft rendering of light and color throughout the painting, including that found within the basket of fabric in the foreground, which provides a neat contrast to the hard, rigid edges found on a domino.

From the second painting, Taylor’s ‘Patience,’ I love the artist’s specific placement of objects throughout the scene, most notably the vases in the background and the presentation of the cards on the table in the foreground, all supplied in crisp detail. The young woman’s face appears tranquil, as if she were comfortably meditating on her cards, and there’s an elegance in her posture which commands the viewer’s attention. I also find myself pondering her companion, whether he’s a coach, friend or possibly a lover, but nevertheless, he surveys the scene from above, offering his company though respectfully not interfering in her game.

Date: 2016-12-27 03:21 am (UTC)
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oooh, in Patience i immediately noticed the painting on the background w/ two ladies one in black and one in white. So many black/white contrasts here. There is his hat upturned on the table in back, the man has just come in and walked over to the game prior to taking off his wrap ... interesting!

Date: 2016-12-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I noticed the hanging painting too but wasn't sure what to make of it. I love how you read this scene, and I believe your interpretation is spot on. Dude probably just came home and stopped by to greet his wife. I could easily see this scene playing like a scene out of a movie.

Date: 2016-12-27 04:27 am (UTC)
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Great pairing! Camraderie and competition in the first, and in the second, I think he's a suitor. She's an independent woman, and both are trying to figure out if there's room for him in her game of solitaire, which is as figurative as it is also literal. They're both lovely!

Date: 2016-12-27 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I almost wish there was a third I could include here. And yes, I agree that it's interesting how the game possibly signifies the relationship between the two subjects. After all, all worthwhile unions require some degree of patience. ;)

Date: 2016-12-28 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice. I like the 2nd one the best.

Date: 2016-12-29 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm partial to that one as well. :)
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