Whistler: Symphony White Barber

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J. A. M. Whistler Symphony in White, No.III, 1865-67, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts Two women, one in white the other in a light cream dress, seem to be consumed by introspection – ennui pervades their listless postures. To the left the young woman with red hair subsides onto one elbow and stares out […]

Watts: Hope

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G. F. Watts Hope, 1885-86, London, Tate Britain Hope is one of the Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) traditionally represented as women. In 1886 George Frederick Watts completed two versions of his take on one of the Virtues, the subject of many images since antiquity and the Renaissance. He sold the original version and […]

Previati: Dance of the Hours

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Gaetano Previati Dance of the Hours, 1899, Milan, Fondazione-Cariplo The immediate inspiration for the painting was a short ballet The Dance of the Hours which appeared at the end of the third act of the opera La Gioconda, composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. It was first performed in Milan in 1876. But the iconography hails from […]