Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Art Review - "The Health of the Bride" by Stanhope Alexander Forbes, Tate Museum, London

For today's #MuseumTourTuesday, here is an amazing composition by artist Stanhope Alexander Forbes that Kimberly and I were able to view at the Tate Museum last August.

"The Health of the Bride" • Stanhope Alexander Forbes
 • 1889
 • Oil on canvas
 • 60" x 78.7"

It's interesting to note that the profits from the sale of this painting to Sir Henry Tate enabled Forbes to propose to artist Elizabeth Armstrong, and their marriage took place a few months after the painting was completed.

While the bride and the groom are near the center of the canvas, the action and interest clearly comes from all of the other guests encircling them. The bride and groom feel almost isolated and detached from the scene.

Notice the bride seems lost in her own thoughts, looking downward from all of the toasting guests. There is far more interest in the rendering of the elements on the table than the bride and groom.

"The Health of the Bride" Detail • Stanhope Alexander Forbes
 • 1889
 • Oil on canvas
 • 60" x 78.7"

The woman seated in the lower left foreground of the painting has also been given far more attention in the composition than the bride and groom. As she is the initial figure we are confronted with when viewing the piece, our eye naturally follows from her to the other guests surrounding the wedding couple.

"The Health of the Bride" Detail • Stanhope Alexander Forbes
 • 1889
 • Oil on canvas
 • 60" x 78.7"

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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