ObeliskLawrence Alma-Tadema

An Eloquent Silence

An Eloquent Silence, 1890, Lawrence Alma-Tadema
An Eloquent Silence, zoomed in
42 cm33 cm

An Eloquent Silence is an Academic Oil on Canvas Painting created by Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1890. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Couples and Boredom. Download

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema was known in his time for painting beautiful people in decadent Roman settings, but even for an artist known for his emotionally shallow work, this is a startlingly dull, emotionless scene. A young woman stares blankly into space, and a young man fiddles with a walking stick. Alma-Tadema’s flowers, often a fixture of his luxurious settings are clumsily integrated, without the compositional drama of The Roses of Heliogabalus or Unconscious Rivals.

Reed Enger, "An Eloquent Silence," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 13, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/lawrence-alma-tadema/an-eloquent-silence/.

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