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The English painter John William Godward used a vibrant palette and charming landscapes to create these gorgeous Neo-classical pieces. He was born in Wimbledon and was the oldest of five children. In his adulthood, he had a recluse and introvert life. Around 1912 he decided to move to Italy with one of his models, and that caused his family to reject him. They cut off all his contracts and even removed him from family pictures.
The chosen poses and the way he represented the human figure often mislead people into placing the artist as a Pre-Raphaelite. However, the vast majority of his pieces reference classical civilizations and ancient Rome, which are strong Neo-classical characteristics.
He would often represent one single model against a classical landscape like in Idleness II. This black haired woman with fair skin is sitting very relaxed on some sort of marble bench. It looks like she is in the corner of a large balcony facing the sea. This balcony has a round shape as if it was the corner of a large architectural structure.
The sea establishes the horizon line on her back, we can see the large light blue mass of water and even a little piece of land on the right-hand side near the corner.
The marble bench is painted with a very light and subtle texture, but has cracks and is worn from the weather, having a darker orange color on the joints and cracks. The woman is wearing a gorgeous long draped yellow dress. This dress has a very delicate fabric and is wrapped around the arms and bust through a red ribbon. Around her waist, there is a purple piece of fabric added. This interesting way of dressing reminds us of the classical Greek paintings and sculptures. The work on the details of the fabric is impressive and realistic. She wears leather sandals, reinforcing the Greek and classical stereotype.
There is a little orange striped kitten on the ground. She is playing with a cat with a peacock feather.
Behind her, from the back of the bench, some delicate flowers emerge. They have thin branches and green leaves with small little round pink flowers on the tip. The color palette is very vivid and vibrant, but the painting has a subtle and alluring sentiment.
There is little contrast on the painting. Everything is equally bright. It feels like the model is in the middle of a gorgeous day.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Idleness II, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Idleness II 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.
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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.
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