07 juillet 2017

Sotheby's to sell Orpheus and Eurydice by George Frederic Watts, 'England's Michelangelo'

George Frederic Watts O.M., R.A. (1817-1904), Orpheus and Eurydice, oil on canvas, 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s. LONDON.- Sotheby’s will offer one of the greatest compositions by George Frederic Watts, ‘England’s Michelangelo’, to come to auction. A tour de force of dramatic power, Orpheus and Eurydice remained in Watts’ possession until his death in 1904 when it was inherited by his adopted daughter Lilian. The romantic subject matter may have been inspired by the... [Lire la suite]

06 avril 2017

Rare Leighton bronze doubles estimate at Bonhams Important Design Sale

  Lot 32. Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton P.R.A., R.W.S. (British, 1830-1896): An important bronze figure of An Athlete Wrestling a Python, on rectangular naturalistic base, signed, dated and numbered to one side F. LEIGHTON 1877 XXIV, and inscribed to the base verso PUBD BY ERNEST BROWN & PHILLIPS AT THE LEICESTER GALLERIES, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON., brown patina, the underside with number 1, 52.5cm high. Estimate £50,000-80,000. Sold for £106,250 (€124,254). Photo: Bonhams. ... [Lire la suite]
05 novembre 2016

Leighton's masterpiece "Flaming June" comes home

Frederic Leighton, Flaming June, 1895. © Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc. LONDON.- One of the most iconic works of nineteenth-century British art returns to the house in which it was painted this November. Flaming June: The Making of an Icon (4 November 2016 – 2 April 2017) sees Frederic, Lord Leighton’s masterpiece displayed once again in the unique setting of the artist’s ‘House Beautiful’, Leighton House Museum in Kensington. For the first time since 1895 Flaming June has also been... [Lire la suite]
14 juin 2016

Christie's announces highlights from 250th anniversary sale "Defining British Art"

Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792), Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge (d. 1820), daughter and heiress of Richard Long of Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, in a white dress with a sheer brown scarf and a ribbon and pearls in her hair, with her spaniel, in a landscape, 1778. Oil on canvas. 50 1/8 x 40 1/4 in. (127.3 x 102.1 cm.). Estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. LONDON.- Infatuation with arresting beauty has always compelled artists to produce masterpieces and four superb works are... [Lire la suite]
11 juin 2015

'Leighton’s Flaming June' at The Frick Collection

Frederic Leighton (1830–1896), Flaming June, ca. 1895. Oil on canvas. Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc. NEW-YORK - At the end of his career, the British artist Frederic Leighton painted thenow-iconic image of a sleeping woman in a vivid orange gown. This nineteenth-century masterpiece embodies the modern philosophy of “art for art’s sake,” the belief that the value of art lies in its aesthetic qualities rather than in its subject matter. The sensuously draped figure — freed from any narrative context —... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2014

Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting in the Pérez Simón Collection

This summer, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting in the Pérez Simón Collection, an exhibition that will include paintings by some of the leading names in 19th-century English painting. The works of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Frederic Leighton, Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Albert. J. Moore and John William Waterhouse express the values that these painters had partly inherited from the Pre-Raphaelites, presenting a strong contrast with the predominantly moralising attitude of the day. Instead,... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2012

"The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900" @ the Legion of Hono

   Frederic Leighton, Pavonia, 1858–9, oil on canvas. Private collection   SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900, on view at the Legion of Honor, is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Over 180 superb... [Lire la suite]
15 septembre 2011

"Beauté, morale et volupté dans l'Angleterre d'Oscar Wilde" @ Musée d'Orsay

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917),Sainte Cécile [Saint Cecilia],1895. Huile sur toile. H. 123,2 ; L. 200,7 cm. Collection particulière, c/o Christie's© Christie's Images / Bridgeman Art Library Cette exposition explore l'"aesthetic movement" qui, dans l'Angleterre de la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle, se donne pour vocation d'échapper à la laideur et au matérialisme de l'époque, par une nouvelle idéalisation de l'art et de la beauté. Peintres, poètes, décorateurs et créateurs définissent un art libéré des principes d'ordre et de... [Lire la suite]