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Edward Robert Hughes' Midsummer Eve is a mythic and luminescent work of imagination and mystery, deftly capturing the spirit of Victorian fairy tales at a time when they were surging in popularity. Hughes, whose uncle was the Pre-Raphaelite artist Arthur Hughes, has come to be associated closely with the movement. Primarily due to the commercial reception of a posthumous retrospective exhibition, Hughes consequently became linked with both the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, and since this categorisation his creative output has garnered little attention. Widely exhibited and respected in his day, Hughes forged a successful career creating figurative reproductions of the likenesses of society figures, experimented with the popular art of watercolor painting, and specialized in well-wrought, bombastic canvases featuring mythical, legendary, and literary themes and figures. Seen during his lifetime as an academic innovator, Hughes was a leading figure of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours, allocating him the use of the initials RWS after his name. At the end of the nineteenth century Hughes reputation for energetic and passionate color ranges and technical mastery was waning in favour of the emerging styles and themes of European Modernism.
Greatly influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism, Midsummer Eve is one of Hughes best-known works, suffused with the thematic idiosyncrasies of John William Waterhouse, yet with a more electric and pulsating palette. Clearly an ambitious creative mind, Hughes' imagined reproduction of a mythical woman surrounded by fairies that light her from below is an elusive work that sits at the intersection between a number of seismic shifts in Victorian visual culture. At the intersection of the Arts and Crafts movement, Hughes' work has yet to receive the attention of a sufficient study or retrospective. An unfortunate fate for an artist who so aptly reflected the tastes of Victoriana.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Midsummer Eve, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Midsummer Eve that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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