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Why Most of the People in the Paintings Are All Sulking?

An introduction to the smile in painting

El Patizambo, José de Ribera, 1642 — Louvre museum, public domain

I have a little question for you to start with. Have you ever wondered why most of the people in the paintings are all sulking? Why do we never see them smile? Because I did. It shocked me once when I was lost in the galleries of the Louvre. I stumbled upon a work by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and I…

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Johanna Da Costa

Johanna Da Costa

a French tour guide, a feminist, a cheese lover. I write about art, books, feminism, and others

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