two young women reading a book; woman in front with blue trim on her garment and wearing a hoop earring with white bead drops holds book in her PL hand and holds a fan with a bamboo handle in her PR hand; woman in back with floral trim on her sleeves with brown ground and wearing a looped earring with white bead drops rests her PL arm on the shoulder of the front woman and points to the book with her PL hand; both women wear ornaments in their hair with flowers--hair ornament worn by woman in back has a dragon holding dangles in its mouth; inscription at left edge in black with two red square seals; round format

Two Beauties, 1847

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This painting depicts two young ladies, one sitting with a book in her hand and the other standing behind her, pointing to a line in the book. Their accessories and luxurious clothing suggest that they are high-status women from the imperial court or other upper level of society. The painting is drawn in a realistic manner, and the artist’s skill can be seen in the delicate rendering of the textile design, hair ornaments, and fluid lines of the drapery. As a result, it provides valuable information about elite women’s fashion and accessories, providing a document of sorts of the material culture of the time.

Details
Title
Two Beauties
Artist Life
active mid 19th century
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.68.1
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two young women reading a book; woman in front with blue trim on her garment and wearing a hoop earring with white bead drops holds book in her PL hand and holds a fan with a bamboo handle in her PR hand; woman in back with floral trim on her sleeves with brown ground and wearing a looped earring with white bead drops rests her PL arm on the shoulder of the front woman and points to the book with her PL hand; both women wear ornaments in their hair with flowers--hair ornament worn by woman in back has a dragon holding dangles in its mouth; inscription at left edge in black with two red square seals; round format