Georges Seurat - The Models. Poseuses 1888

The Models 1888
The Models. Poseuses
1888 200x249cm oil/canvas
Barnes Foundation, Merion

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The final version of The models contains three nude figures, with the same female model portrayed at left from the back, standing centrally, and on the right in profile. Set in the artist’s studio, the three figures represent a modern-day Three Graces. They are re-embodied by a pale, slim Parisian girl, Madeleine Knoblock, who was Seurat’s lover and later the mother of his children. In the painting, dominating the left side wall of the studio, and taking up about a third of the canvas, is the right half of his gigantic masterpiece, A Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte 1886

Johannes Vermeer - The Girl with a Pearl Earring 1665. It is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’ – a painting of an imaginary figure. Tronies depict a certain type or character; in this case a girl in exotic dress, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear.