Thursday, May 13, 2010

Narrative Element

Colin-Libour, Uranie, In Distress, Rising Tide

Imitator of Thomas Couture, Caught by the Tide

Adding a narrative element to your work can make it more attractive to buyers. The narrative could be dramatic, humorous or charming but trivial, depending on the emotions or mood you wish to arouse in the viewer, but avoid melodrama or cliched sentimentality. Grim narratives, like the potential drownings of women and children in these two works, might not be as popular today as they were in 19th century France.

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