Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Maybe I should have tagged this series Beautiful Sad Children, since my choices so far all seem to be pretty grim. Oh well--I like what I like, and this painting, Half-portrait of a Gypsy Boy by Franz von Defregger (1873), is one that I like very much. I'm not even sure it's especially good from a technical standpoint. There's something a little off about the line of the boy's jaw--but the eyes, the full lips, and the tousled hair are beautiful. His mournful expression is heartbreaking, as sad as this poem by Romani poet Bronislawa Wajs.