Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
Thomas Cole
Title: Boating
Date Created: 1888-90
Dimensions: w91.5 x h74 cm
Type: Paintings
Medium: Oil on canvas
Location: Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
Without a doubt this painting pays tribute to Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass" – although a quarter of a century later, when themes of this kind had become part of what in the theatrical world we might call "repertoire". Stylistically speaking it is also influenced by Impressionism: the grass, the trees, the water, the cloud-dappled sky are all the result of nervous, nimble, spontaneous brushstrokes with clean, fresh colours that do not mix. However, the very restrained, measured lines prevent any compositional chaos and the illusionist finish of the faces of the two figures to the right together with the magnificent back of the central figure confirm Miralles's much sought-after compromise with tradition. A favourite feature of the mature Millares, the parasol is particularly important here as it serves to emphasise the most outstanding figure in the composition, the red adding deeper accentuation. This is a picture which (always the case with Millares) somehow gives the impression of belonging to some great frieze or series rather than being a creation in its own right. This also checked potential excesses by the painter in his expression of realism, with the result that Miralles's pictures would always give a stylised, elegant view of reality, even in the depiction of more or less ordinary aspects of everyday life.
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