SPRING (GREEN ON THE FIELDS / IN THE GARDENS OF THE VILLA BORGHESE )  by Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

SPRING (GREEN ON THE FIELDS / IN THE GARDENS OF THE VILLA BORGHESE ) 1879

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SPRING (GREEN ON THE FIELDS / IN THE GARDENS OF THE VILLA BORGHESE ) Staalgravure uit 1879 van de hand van Auguste Blanchard naar het schilderij (Opus CLXXV) van Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Met potlood gesigneerd door Blanchard en Alma-Tadema. In de tijd met de hand gekleurd. Afm.: 33 x 13,5 cm. Dit werk komt uit een serie van voorstellingen van de vier seizoenen: The Seasons: A Roman Idyll. In het voorjaar plukken jonge vrouwen manden vol bloemen. Een meisje in een vale tuniek staat in een veld met anemonen, ze kijkt dromend naar die ene rode klaproos. De sc ene zou zich kunnen afspelen in de tuinen van Villa Borghese of Villa Pamfili. De recensent van de Royal Academy beschreef het schilderij als volgt: Young Roman maidens gathering flowers for the feast to celebrate the opening year. The flowers, that thickly cover the ground like our daisies and buttercups, are the star anemone, which attracts the attention of travellers to the Eternal City. The principal figure is a tall girl in a pale dress making, as far as the painter’s part of the work goes, perhaps the most lovely picture of the four. Het schilderij waarnaar de gravure gemaakt is, hing tot 1944 in het Schlesisches Museum fur bildende Kunste in Breslau (thans het Poolse Wroclaw), maar ging tijdens de Slacht om Breslau verloren. Daarmee wordt deze prent de dichtste benadering van Alma-Tadema’s werk. Prijs: Euro 1.250,- (Incl. lijst)  

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born on the 8th of January in 1836. He grew up Dronrijp in the Netherlands.

He was educated at the Royal Academy of Antwerp in Belgium.

Alma-Tadema became famous for his paintings on his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empirewith languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky.

Though admired during his lifetime for his draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, his work fell into disrepute after his death, and only since the 1960s has it been re-evaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.

In 1870, he settled in England, here he lived for the rest of his life. He died on the 28th of June in 1912, he was buried in a crypt in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

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