Perils of Prosperity, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”.
Edvard Munch Self-Portrait with Burning Cigarette
I liked the atmosphere of the previous painting by Evelyn De Morgan, so I decided to find and post one more.
Pompeo Batoni. Allegory of the Arts, 1740.
I’m fairly tempted to subtitle Edmund Blair Leighton's Off, painted in 1899, “Well, That Was Awkward.”
To quote Christie’s:
[Blair Leighton] tended to choose sentimental and anecdotal subjects in which his audience could see a reflection of their own everyday hopes, fears, woes and aspirations. As the author of the Art Annual put it, ‘as often as not he has painted contemporary life, but it has always been under the guise of the past.’
Off certainly fits that pattern: set more than a hundred years prior to its painting, it portrays the moment just after a marriage proposal has been turned down.
It looks like she didn’t even unclasp her hands from around her knees to take the bouquet he brought her—he’s dropped it at the end of the bridge.
JOHN BULLOCH SOUTER
Picked out 8 favorite pieces of mine for the year 2013! Hoping there will be way more for 2014!!
Thomas Cooper Gotch, Destiny, 1884.