After the ball-masquerade by Charles Joshua Chaplin

After the ball masquerade by Charles Joshua Chaplin

Charles Joshua Chaplin – a painter, the creativity of which is based on many images of girls. The craving for the girl’s body and portrait is due to the fact that the artist had a daughter who selflessly loved, and the theme of childhood became the basis of Chaplin’s numerous collections. His portrait works depicting cute children leave the heart fluttering from the lightness and bliss with which the features of girls and not yet mature girls are written. The abundance of light, lilac and cream shades, mixes of whitewash with pearly colors give Chaplin images of honey sweetness and freshness.


canvas “After the ball – masquerade” refers to the second half of the 19th century. The painting was included in a series of works with the same names “Preparation for the ball – masquerade,” “Before the ball,” “After the ball,” and others. Critics refer to it as an erotic genre or “nude” paintings.

Some of the author’s works, at one time, were banned for demonstration, just for the reason that they were considered vulgar in secular society of the 19th century. However, today the genre with bare models has become wildly popular.

Now back to work. “After the ball – masquerade” takes a relatively small area. The plot has one main plan, the layout of which includes an abundance of draperies, of which “weaving” the bed linen, and the girl – the heroine, asleep on satin fabric.

The direction of the pattern has a clear diagonal of the direction of the layers from the shadows, folds, the position of the naked body, light. The main part is lowered below the conditional middle of the composition, which creates a slight effect of “falling out” of the girl from the general mosaic.

For writing “After the ball – masquerade,” Chaplin used contrasting shades of light and shadow. By analyzing the composition palette, one can note how much the author is immersed in the palette of pastel colors. To do this, he mixed all the pure colors with white, giving the satin shine and flickering the central part of the work. For the brightening of the main part of the main part of the artist resorted to the blue colors, muffling the corners of the image. This created the effect of a ray that tore the girl’s body out of the dusk.

The very same heroine is immersed in a serene dream. Her hair is tangled after styling, her cheeks rend a gentle blush. The body is bare, but within acceptable limits. The skin of a girl is a piece of white wax, it shines with purity, gloss and freshness. The culprit of the portrait is from the strength of 16 years. One can only imagine how emotionally flying the masquerade. The fan is forgotten in the hand, the mask lies near the hip, the roses are scattered from the bouquet, but they do not prick the tender body at all.

The work is written in an impulsive stroke, chaotic strokes on a general plan, but so scrupulous, touching the face of a sleeping heroine. Chaplin, as always, writes carefully, gently, with awe. His hand seems to play with oil, then taking the pigment fatter, then – drier. Because the canvas seems alive and generous to the three-dimensional details. Color “After the ball – masquerade” warm, vanilla, with an admixture of mouse gray and saturated ultramarine.

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