This and That: Juan Soriano and John Everett Millais

by Brandon Zech November 3, 2021

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Death & Flowers

Juan Soriano The Dead Girl Philadelphia Museum of Art

Juan Soriano, The Dead Girl, 1938, Oil on panel. Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image: © Juan Soriano

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Soriano’s early paintings include portraits of friends and family, images of children, still lifes, and scenes of unusual juxtapositions. Among the most significant subjects are those of dead children. Soriano painted this 1938 work shortly after seeing a Veracruz household whose front window displayed a dead child dressed like an angel, notifying the neighbors of the baby’s passing. Postmortem images of children were common in Mexican painting (and, later, photography) beginning in the colonial era. While this tradition originally developed in Renaissance Europe, it had a particular importance in Latin America. Mexican modernists Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Julio Castellanos also created famous examples of this theme.”

Ophelia painting by John Everett Millais

Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851–2, Oil on canvas. Collection of the Tate


No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

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