Art as Commentary
The artist, Thomas Gainsborough uses this piece, "Hester, Countess of Sussex, and Her Daughter Lady Barbara of Yelverton" represents in art as commentary in the life of Hester who held a position in King George's court during 1700s. Both the mother and daughter represent a deep bonding relationship between mother and daughter. The oil on canvas consist of the colors of milky white dresses with blue which is a reflection of not only of a mother and daughter's relationship with each other, but a softness and tenderness of love between them. The background reflects in this picture is not only the oneness between mother and daughter, but the relationship they have with nature. The smiles on their faces reflect they are enjoying each others company and at the same time being at peace on a cool spring or summers day. In art as commentary this piece displays even though there were rich and powerful people in those days, nothing can separate a special relationship between mother and daughter as displayed in this piece.