I adore this exact type of laying down strokes of paint. Almost no absolute defined lines — with forms seeming to just emerge out of blackness.
The Violet’s Message , 1854
The Knight Errant, 1870
John Henry Newman (1881)
Look at the hands.. the delicacy of it
(Madonna and Child Enthroned between Saints Louis of Toulouse, Anthony of Padua, Anna, Joachim, Francis, and Bernardino of Siena) — circle late 1400s
I love the mark-making and usage of arbitrary colours in the shadowed areas.