By Augustus Egg – dAFXMikMqOnhHQ at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29657338 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The prompt for ArtTwist#2, suggested by Cousin Pons of @books1799, is Augustus Egg’s painting Travelling Companions (1862). According to Wikipedia Egg was often in poor health and painted this work while living in the warmer climates of Continental Europe.

I often wonder how the ladies coped in hot weather with so many layers of clothing. Perhaps if they were in a private carriage on the train they could at least loosen their collars? While they are dressed in similar clothing, are they really twins, or besties who like to dress the same? Or is there another more interesting relationship involved?

Egg was not only an artist but was also involved in theatre as actor and costume designer. To read more about Egg’s life and work check out the Wikipedia entry here.

Remember you can interpret Egg’s painting in any way you want, including responding to the prompt in writing. Alternatively simply post an image which interprets an artwork of your choice – (be sure to include a link to the original so we can see how clever you are).

To take part in this week’s ArtTwist make sure you’ve checked out the rules here, take a copy of the ArtTwist logo below and link it back to the main ArtTwist page.

To see the Roundup by May More from @morematters click here.

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