Thursday, October 05, 2006

Art Blogging: Evelyn De Morgan

Evelyn De Morgan (1850-1919) was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter. She studied under her uncle Stanhope and then at the Slade School of Art in London. Morgan excelled with the Academic figure, but became a disciple of Burne-Jones and associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She achieved commercial success in the 1870s and thence traveled to Italy for several years, where Boticelli's influence entered her work. De Morgan's work focused on classical and Christian subjects of an allegorical nature. From her amazing grasp of the mystical, I'd bet that if Morgan were alive today, she'd be a tremendously successful fantasy artist.

This is Flora. Flora was the Roman goddess of Spring and flowers.

This is The Kingdom of Heaven. I'd need a few days, a research library, and a larger view to unpack this canvas. But it's clear that at the Final Judgment, some will find themselves blinded, chained down, and unable to gaze at the majesty of God.

This is The Red Cross, subtitled A Christ of the Battlefield. De Morgan was a fierce opponent of World War I and created this painting late in her life to commemorate the war dead.

1 comment:

hypatia 370 said...

Magnificent work. Given her bias for peace, if she were alive today, she'd be a successful anti-war artist, too. "In 1916, her horror of the war led her to mount an exhibition of 13 works for the benefit of the Red Cross."