Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Romani child

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.


Mary said...

Your art posts make me very, very happy. :)

chayaruchama said...

Dolorous beauty.