Solomon J. Solomon
Oil on canvas
The Studio (1888)
“Mr. Solomon's "Niobe" deserves special attention, as it is professedly painted in reply to those critics who declared that the young artist, brought up in the traditions of the Paris studios, could only succeed where action was violent and where dash of subject diverted attention from composition and execution. He has therefore painted this picture of absolute repose. The deep passion of silent anguish in the mother, and the sentiment inspired by the dead and dying forms of her children around her, are undisturbed by any incident calculated to add to or take from the main subject.” [continued below]
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