Museum InfoStaff Picks
Larisa Zade — Communications Specialist
Such brilliant color! This painting is organic, in a way. I would love to have it in my kitchen!
I find this painting amazing in its detail and composition; every time I view it, I find something I haven't noticed before. And the colors are rich and the flowers are incredibly vibrant! The fact that it was painted by a woman at a time when men so completely dominated the art world only adds to this painting's uniqueness.
The piece offers a calm oasis from daily life. It presents a relaxed, organizational planting scheme which adds to the garden's serenity.
I love the history depicted in this painting. The resolute faces of the burghers show such strength. West conveys so clearly the queen's compassion while pleading to the guards. I also love the richness of the queen's gown and the detailed armor on the guard.
Sargent's portraits are often very formal. This painting is almost sketch-like. It has lots of movement. It's like a snapshot of a moment.
The figures' expressions are so sublime. I love the detail of the garden and how it contrasts with the view of Bruges in the background.
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