Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan
Both the Young Sailor and the Portrait of Madame X are paintings that are found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan. The Young Sailor II, the artist tries to express the sharper edges and the brighter, flatter colors compared to the earlier versions of the painting. The Young Sailor is painted in a vivid blue, green and pink and the expression of the painting is primitive and playful. In the painting, the stylized sailor face is a mask and a collection of deep lines and angles. On the others side, the Portrait of Madame X is a painting that shows a young socialite by the name Virginie Avegno who was the wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. This painting was not done as a commission, but it was a request that was done by Sargent. This shows that it is a study in opposition. Sargent depicts a woman that poses in a black satin dress that has jeweled straps as well as a dress that shows the hides at the same time. The portrait of Madame X is characterized by the pale flesh tone of the subject contrasted against a dark colored dress and the background. These two artistic works are great and have used a lot of skills in their paintings. Besides the skills that have shown, there is a lot of information that can be extracted from it. This paper looks into the comparisons and the contrasts of the portrait of Madame X and the Young Sailor II.
The portrait of Madame X compares a lot to the Young Sailor II. Firstly, the Madame X portrait shows a woman that is standing in a pose. The colors that have been used in the painting are bright and easily capture the attention of any one. Similarly, the Young Sailor painting has been made to show a man posing. The colors that have been used in the painting are also bright. This shows that both the artists had in mind to come up with a painting that will easily capture the attention of the viewer. Both the artists also had in mind to bring the theme of fashion. The paintings show styles of fashion. It can be easy to see the trends in fashion. Both the paintings show the individuals not putting on any make ups. This means that the artists wanted to pass simple style of fashion to the targeted audience
Contrast between the Young Sailor II painting and The Madame X portrait
These two pieces of art are unique in different forms. They share some similarities and also have differences. In contrast to, The Madame X portrait is much more detailed regarding texture and colors than the Young Sailor II painting.' the Young Sailor II painting the artist expresses sharper edges as well as bright but flatter colors as compared to the Madame X portrait. The painting is done in vivid pink, green and blue and the expression of the sailor is primitive and playful. With regards to the texture and color of the portraits, the Madame X portrait has a dark background, and the woman is also dressed in black. Unlike this portrait, the young Sailor II painting was much brighter. Unlike the woman in the portrait, the man in the painting has many colors: green, blue and vivid pink. This increases the contrast of the painting.
The woman in the The Madame X portrait has posed in a black satin dress that has jeweled straps. Notably, at the same time, she seems to be hiding her face. In contrast to the Young Sailor II painting, the man is straight up and not hiding. Another contrast is that the lady in the The Madame X portrait seems very trendy and of the modern generation despite the portrait being taken several decades ago. The young sailor II, unlike the woman, seems to be very primitive and playful. The playful nature can be deduced from the posture while the primitive nature is evident from his stylized face which is a mask of or rather a collection of deep lines and angles. Another difference is evident in their skin color and the influence of the art. In The Madame X portrait it is characterized by a pale flesh tone of the woman which is contrasted a dark colored background and dress. However, in the Young Sailor II painting does not bring much contrast against the background and the dressing as the skin tone is almost similar to the background color. The The Madame X portrait despite the artist using dark colors, it is still very graceful and lively. In contrast, despite the artist using different colors in the Young Sailor II painting,' it is still dull and not lively.
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