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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 312

Defining English Beauty

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 giugno 2016

English BeautyLondon – Infatuation with arresting beauty has always compelled artists to produce masterpieces and four superb works are included in Christie’s 250th anniversary sale, Defining British Art, to be held in London on the evening of 30 June 2016: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Portrait of Jane Morris, bust-length (circa 1870, illustrated above left), Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge (1820, illustrated above centre left), Frederic Leighton’s Pavonia (circa 1859, illustrated above centre right) and Lucian Freud’s A Girl (Pauline Tennant) (circa 1945, illustrated above right).Paying homage to the true joy of beauty, it is evident how these four portraits transcend and evolve notions of Keats’ timeless sentiment. To a contemporary eye, it is only clear how in relation to the celebrities of the 21st Century, these women continue to be celebrated as representatives of 180 years of beauty.
“As Keats described beauty so perfectly in his in poetry, so generations of British painters have been entranced by the most beautiful women of their day. These Muses inspired many of our finest British artists to execute their greatest works. Unwittingly these Muses have shaped the history of British painting from the beginnings of great English portraiture in the 18th Century when Christie’s was founded.” – Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s International. (photo: English Beauty)

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