The Blue Boy
The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough, England, hand painted oil painting on canvas, 122×178cm, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, US
Blue Boys, British portrait was painted by artist Gainsborough in 1770. This painting is world-famous and depicts a gorgeous aristocratic image. In fact, the prototype of this model is not aristocrats, but the artist finds the son of a rich factory owner. Gainsborough asked him to wear a blue costume, dressed as a prince. Gainsborough's unrestrained brushstrokes smoothly expressed the grace of the youngster and gave full play to the light color of the sapphire blue.
This novel and unique blue tone not only cause any feeling of discomfort, but makes people feel surprisingly successful. This lively, leaping blue satin and coat pattern, the unconventional blue tone and the subtle, transformed rich yellow ash, blue gray, green gray, red gray background form a wonderful harmony and contrast. The most successful place in this painting is that the painter used accurate color patches to reproduce the texture of the blue dress on the teenager. The style of the entire painting is fresh and fluent, with a sense of rhythm and meditation. This painting has thus become one of the most outstanding portraits of the eighteenth century. As one commentator described at the time, he portrayed the portrait as an expression of opera in general. This is a “hand-processed reality”.