How to Read Paintings: The Blind Girl (1856) by John Everett Millais

The Blind Girl (1856) by John Everett Millais. Oil on canvas. 82.5 x 61.6 cm. City Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Image source Birmingham Museums Trust (open access)

Two girls are huddled beneath a shawl as a storm passes overhead. The luminosity of the colours tells us that the sun has returned, brightening the hillside, bathing everything in a fresh light.

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