Sunday, June 1, 2008
I was taken back seeing the softness in this painting.Here a little about this painting
The flaming June
"Flaming June" (46x46 inches) now resides in the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895. There is a crayon study for this painting at Leighton House; at least one other is known. The design of the picture was first intended as a decorative bas-relief for the marble bath on which the figure in his "Summer Studies" reclines. Leighton was suffering from his last illness while painting this picture, and he died in the following year. "Flaming June" was on loan to the Ashmolean between 1915 and 1930, but apparently disappeared. It was not publicly known again until its rediscovery in 1963.
It is a delightful painting and owes much to the ground breaking work of the Pre-Raphaelites.
... Interestingly, one of Lord Leighton's most significant paintings is that of his companion Dorothy Dene, who later became a stage actress. She was an uneducated Cockney girl who modeled for the high-living Victorian bachelor in London.
Although Lord Leighton had consistently denied rumors of a romantic relationship with Dene, there was little doubt that one existed between them...
Flaming June: Frederick Leighton (1830-1896).
"In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them."
- Aldo Leopold