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December 02, 2004

Eye Candy


Title: Blue Boy
Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788)
Nationality: English
Movement: Rococo

Thomas Gainsborough was born in Suffolk, with recognizable talent even as a child. At 13, his family sent him to study in London under French artist Hubert Gravelot. In 1745, Gainsborough attempted to make a living selling his landscapes, but his business ventures soon failed and he returned to his birthplace. He then moved to Bath, abandoning his preferred landscape subjects for the more lucrative career of a portrait artist. In 1768, Gainsborough’s reputation earned him a spot as one of the founders of the Royal Academy in London.

Blue Boy is a classic, and the work for which Gainsborough is most known.

Posted by Dan at December 2, 2004 12:00 PM

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Dan, I thought yesterday was the day? We're all waiting anxiously to know.

I mean, you don't have to tell us, HIPAA rules being what they are and all. Be we do care.

Posted by: folkbum at December 2, 2004 04:56 PM

Forgot to mention that I had a copy of this painting on my wall as a child. For what it's worth, what you put on your kids' walls can be formative.

Posted by: Big Dan at December 2, 2004 10:43 PM

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