At least for me, John Singer Sargent’s “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” is one of the more haunting paintings. What it appears to say about family, isolation, childhood, the lives of women and girls, and perhaps even the deleterious effects of being rich, seem quite endless. And the history of each of the girls’ later lives only adds to it. The painting is held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and you can read their essay on the painting here. Click on each piece or the whole painting to enlarge:
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