A Dash of Art History

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George Dunlop Leslie’s The Goldfish Seller is a charmingly Aesthetic painting.

(I’ve always said you could tell Aestheticism by a sort of eccentric trendiness disguised as rustically comfortable dowdiness. But that’s a gross oversimplification.)

Anyway, the Aestheticism may be evident in the style of the clothing, but it also shows in the scene overall—the careful tidiness of the color scheme, with the garden coordinating neatly with the people stood in it; and in the domestically natural topic of the scene.

It’s no wonder Christie’s describes Leslie as specializing in “domestic genre in the Aesthetic mode.”

Also, look how big those goldfish are; they’re practically koi. But then, the Aesthetes were ever so fond of Eastern influences.

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No, seriously.

Give me ideas. There's way too much art in this world, and I'm never sure what to write about. It might as well be something you're curious about, dear reader. Or tell me I'm wrong, or ask me questions, or tell me things.

Whatever you'd like.