Sunday, January 24, 2010

Edmund Leighton

"The Accolade" (1901)

I am most excited! Last night I discovered an artist, Edmund Leighton, he is a new favorite of mine.

Edmund Blair Leighton (21 September 1853—1 September 1922) was an English painter associated with the Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic styles. Leighton was a historical genre painter focusing mainly on Regency and medieval subjects. I adore his medieval paintings, I find them very near to perfection. "The Accolade" is, I think, my favorite one.

God Speed! (1900)

Some of my many other favorites are, Abelard and his Pupil Heloise, Faded Laurels, My Fair Lady, Pelleas and Melisande, The End of the Song, The Hostage, The Keys, and The Shadow. I like all of his medieval paintings, of course the regency ones are lovely as well, but I don't love them as I do the medieval ones.

After a bit of searching I found this great website with a biography of Edmund Leighton and all of his beautiful, beautiful, paintings

"Stitching the Standard"

I like this one very much, but, perhaps, it is more for sentimental reasons: I, in my childhood, had a certain deep fondness for knights wearing yellow and black, and I never even liked yellow that much. And even now, though that fondness has lessened a bit, there is still a place in my hart for yellow knights, so I can't help but feel that this woman is, perhaps, stitching a standard for that great knight that once was mine.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

I just knew you would love "The Accolade." I am so glad you found it. :)