A Self-Guided Tour for Young People and Their Families: Page 5
The New Child: British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood
An exhibition at the University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
August 23 - November 19, 1995
Artist: Thomas Gainsborough
Title: Two Shepherd Boys with Dogs Fighting
Lender: Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood
Meet some more country kids. But these boys, unlike the Blunt brothers you met, are not rich. Their families don't own all the land you can see behind them, and their parents didn't pay the artist to paint their portrait. In fact, the boys who modeled for this painting may have never even seen it.
Artists like Thomas Gainsborough often painted scenes like this for rich city people, who enjoyed looking at beautiful scenes of "happy," "simple" country children playing. Do you think the lives of poor country children were really happy and simple?
- How can you tell the boys are poor?
- Why do you think the artist might have painted this scene of two country boys and their dogs?
- For whom might it have been painted, if not for the poor country boys' families?
- What is happening in the scene?
- Do the boys look aware of or unhappy about their poverty? What do you think the artist felt about their poverty?
- Do you think these boys would be more at home in the city, or out here in nature with their wild dogs?
That's it for your self-guided tour. But please go back to the start and wander around the exhibition's 9 areas on your own to meet some more kids.
If you can visit the museum, and you'd like a "live" guided tour of The New Child, please come to our free Family Day, on Sunday, November 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. In addition to guided tours for children, Family Day activities will include storytelling, children's film screenings, hands-on art classes, and refreshments.
For more information about Education Programs, call: (510) 642-2358.
For more information about Family Day, call: (510) 642-1438.
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