Posts Tagged ‘frames’

Shadows Outside The Picture Frame

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

For years I have been fascinated by the multiple shadows of paintings, and not just within the paintings themselves. The intricate Rococo frames like these in the Small French Painting Show in the National Gallery of Art give the best shadows. Some of them have openings in them that allow the shadow to show light though it.

Sometimes these shadows are more interesting then the paintings themselves. As one looks at them one can see that there are different lights pointing from the gallery to make up the different shades. The one painting I show here is van Gogh’s Green Baby, something I haven’t seen before. These small paintings have a larger shadow per proportion of frame, and are particularly interesting to observe.