Chromas. "Correspondence." Art Journal 1.8 (1 Aug. 1856): 709-710. Full text.

To the Editor of "The Art-Journal."

MILLAIS' "BLIND GIRL."

Sir,--Last year I had occasion to direct attention to the violation of truth in Mr. Millais' picture of "The Rescue," in which it will be remembered a monochromatic red light was diffused over the picture, though, in reality, the flames of burning wood emit yellow and green rays in abundance. A yet more glaring want of attention to natural phenomena is observable in "The Blind Girl," by the same artist, exhibited this year. The story of the sightless girl is told by the introduction of a rainbow, which, with its very beautiful play of colours, is delighting the younger girl, who is blessed with sight. Not only is the primary bow represented, but the complementary bow is also shown. If Mr. Millais had looked at a rainbow, and its complementary arc, he would not have painted both with the colours in the same order, as he has done. Let him observe, when next he has an opportunity, and he will find that the order of the colours in the complementary bow is the reverse of the order which prevails in the primary rainbow. Surely, with all the boasted attention of this school to the truth of Nature, such errors as those which I have pointed out should not have been committed.


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