Here you see a painting by Norwegian painter, Harriet Backer (born 1845, died 1932). It’s called Little Red Riding Hood and Grandmother. Spend a bit of time observing this painting, and then answer the questions below. Since the goal of this study is to learn to love art, I recommend that you answer the questions orally, not with pencil and paper.
What is the first thing you see when you look at this painting?
Who do you think sewed this little red hood?
Do you think the little girl likes the little red hood?
Is Grandmother happy with how the little red hood turned out?
Did you know that the artist purposely placed the little red hood at a “center of interest” in the painting — so you would look at it first? ∗
Why is Grandmother’s arm pointing to the little red hood?
Why is the curtain on the back wall draped so it also points to the little red hood?
What sewing equipment does Grandmother have on her table?
Name some of the colors in this painting.
If you could change something or add something to this painting, what would it be?
∗ A “center of interest” is the all-important part of a painting — that part of the picture which attracts the mind. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid across the painting. Each of the four intersections of the tic-tac-toe lines is a “center of interest.”