This painting has a calming beauty of which I have had the pleasure to admire on more than one occasion at the Museum of Art in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1963 Luis A. Ferré purchased this jewel for a mere $1,000 and it is Frederic Leighton's most recognizable painting.
We hope to see the Museum of Art in Ponce open its doors which have been closed since March 2020. The gift shop is now open, but exhibits have yet to open. The building is still undergoing structural repairs due to the damage encountered by earthquakes during 2020.
Now, have a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy a video by Faces of Ancient Europe on Frederic Leighton’s Exquisite Neoclassical Artwork .
A brief Art Appreciation moment on (Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
Flaming June was first begun as a motif to adorn a marble bath in one of Leighton's other works, Summer Slumber. He became so attached to the design that he decided to create it as a painting in its own right.
According to art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon "her pose is loosely modelled on that of Michelangelo's famous statue of Night, in the Medici Tombs in Florence, which Leighton regarded as one of the supreme achievements of Western art. "The position of the sleeping woman gave Leighton a great deal of trouble. He made several preliminary sketches to determine the way in which she should lie; in particular he had difficulty making the angle of her right arm look natural. His studies show that the picture went through at least four evolutionary sketches before Leighton came to the end result. Out of these studies, four are nude and one is draped. The draped figure looks the least lifelike, demonstrating Leighton's need to draw from a naked model to achieve a fidelity to nature. The toxic oleander branch in the top right possibly symbolizes the fragile link between sleep and death.
Flaming June has become Leighton's most recognizable picture. Samuel Courtauld, founder of the Courtauld Institute, called it "the most wonderful painting in existence". The realism of the transparent material worn by the sleeping woman, the stunningly rich colors and the perfectly recreated marble surround are characteristic of Leighton's work, as is his use of natural light. He allows the sunset in the background to appear as molten gold.
In 1963 Luis A. Ferré – the noted Puerto Rican industrialist and politician, who would be elected governor five years later – was on a trip around Europe, engaged in purchasing paintings and sculptures for the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, which he had founded. "It’s extremely curious to know that this work of such late Victorian importance was bought in Amsterdam by Luis A. Ferre for less than $1,000 dollars in 1960. The painting has also loaned to important exhibitions around the world. Flaming June was on display at the Museo del Prado in Madrid in 2008, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Germany in 2009 and in the Frick Collection in New York City in 2015.
In 2015 an original pencil and chalk study for the painting – the model's head – was found on the back of a bedroom door in the mansion inherited by Bamber Gascoigne after the death of his great aunt Mary Innes-Ker, Duchess of Roxburghe.
While the body of the woman remains a mystery, there is speculation that the face is that of either of Leighton's two favorite models in the 1890s, Dorothy Dene or Mary Lloyd.
Mary Lloyd was the daughter of an impoverished country squire. She came to London and established a highly successful career as an artist's model, posing only for the head and hands, and not nude – an important distinction. She started posing for Leighton in about 1892, was requested to come to pose in January 1895 for Leighton's Lachrymae (1894–1895). She is probably also the model for his 'Twixt Hope and Fear (c. 1895).
Thanks to Wikipedia for this Art Appreciation moment.
To further study Frederic Leighton take a look at this video presented by the Frick Collection and Daniel Robbins, Leighton House Museum, London:
Hope you found the first article in the Art Appreciation Series both entertaining and educational.
Marie M. Rivera
April 8th, 2021
El Museo de Arte de Ponce en Ponce, Puerto Rico, es uno de los museos más grandes y reconocidos del área del Caribe. Fue fundado por el exgobernador de Puerto Rico Luis A. Ferré e inaugurado el 28 de diciembre del 1965. El museo cuenta con más de 3.000 piezas en catorce galerías.
Dirección: 2325 Av. Las Américas, Ponce, 00717
Art Appreciation Series #2
Guo Beiping is the mater painter in this video:
I read over some of the comments and most were positive. Personally. Guo Beiping in my eyes is a true master painter and has participated in National Art Exhibitions, which says it all.
Relax and enjoy this which shows Guo Beiping painting a live model in real time which is not an easy feat for any artist. The music is relaxing.
About Guo Beiping, Master Painter
Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Province Artists Association
Vice President of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts
Director of China Oil Painting Society
--1949 Guo Beiping was born in Xian, Shaanxi Province, in China.
--1983 He graduated from the Guangxi Research Institute of the Arts ( oil painting department ).
--He began teaching at the the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts.
--He participated in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th National Art Exhibitions. And in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Chinese Oil Painting Exhibitions.
10.03 19.03 Guo Beiping National Museum of China Beijing China
14.07 30.07 Résonance chinoise Palais Brongniart Paris France
Marie M. Rivera
June 6th, 2021
Master Chinese Painter
June 6th, 2021
This seascape painting by Ramón Marti Alsina lets you experience Catalan's shore as he did. What I found in my research was particularly interesting because when something comes naturally, I attribute it to my automatic third eye, you know when something looks just right as a photographer, well I found the reason. The third eye knows that the elements of a great seascape picture should encompass the oars, waves, clouds and stretches of the coast. As a painter or photographer that combination of elements in a picture gives the viewer a sense of being there with the artist or the photographer at that precise moment in time. And when the painter is selective with these seascape elements. it's because the artist wants to show us the power and turbulence of the ocean or the sweet tranquility of a walk on the beach. The dreamy beauty or reality that the painter selects is a gift for us to enjoy not only the talent of the artist brush strokes but a look at the mood of the painter which reveals a little of his inner soul.
Spanish Translation: Esta pintura de paisaje marino de Ramón Marti Alsina te permite experimentar la costa catalana como él lo hizo. Lo que encontré en mi investigación fue particularmente interesante porque cuando algo surge de forma natural, lo atribuyo a mi tercer ojo automático, sabes cuando algo se me bien como fotógrafa, bueno, encontré la razón. El tercer ojo sabe que los elementos de una gran imagen de un paisaje marino deben abarcar los remos, las olas, las nubes y los tramos de la costa. Como pintor o fotógrafo, esa combinación de elementos en una imagen le da al espectador la sensación de estar allí con el artista o el fotógrafo en ese preciso momento. Y cuando el pintor es selectivo con estos elementos del paisaje marino. es porque el artista quiere mostrarnos el poder y la turbulencia del océano o la dulce tranquilidad de un paseo por la playa. La belleza o realidad de ensueño que el pintor selecciona es un regalo para que disfrutemos no solo del talento de las pinceladas del artista, sino de una mirada al estado de ánimo del pintor que revela un poco de su alma interior.
Google Arts & Culture link to Ramón Marti Alsina "...This coastal landscape demonstrates the realism that was typical of his works, and the perfection of his technique. It includes all the favourite elements of seascape artists – oars, waves, clouds and stretches of coast. The combination enables the painter to play with the colour, lighting and different tonalities."
Marie M. Rivera
Art Appreciation #3
June 9th, 2021
Art Appreciation #3
June 9th, 2021
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