John William Waterhouse painted several artworks portraying a character of ancient Roman mythology, Flora, the Goddess of spring, flowers, and youth. The oil painting entitled Flora was concluded in 1891 and was inspired by the artists’ trip to the island of Capri in Italy. The same Goddess was depicted a year earlier in the work Flora, and also in the painting Flora and the Zephyrs, concluded in 1898. Greek and Roman mythology were often connected and have equivalent characters – for example, Chloris was the Greek version of Flora, and can be seen in Sandro Botticelli’s Allegory of Spring (La Primavera). According to the myth, she was married to Zephyr, also known Favonius, the God of wind, but had a great love for Hercules.
Different from Botticelli’s portrayal, as well as the work of his Renaissance colleagues, Flora follows the Pre-Raphaelite movement – meaning it went against some implications of the Academies. Waterhouse had a classical background as a student of the Royal Academy of Art in London and was featured in many of their exhibits, but soon joined the Brotherhood, which was originally founded the year he was born. As the name states, the artists of the Pre-Raphaelites focused on themes before Raphael, highlighting subjects of Arthurian legends, mythological themes and the medieval times. Waterhouse also adapted his color palette with lighter tones, like the other artists of the movement. The British painter brought the Brotherhood into the next century and was praised for his production.
In Flora, Waterhouse used a long, vertical canvas to depict a portrait of the Goddess. The surroundings show the atmosphere of the Italian island of Capri, with typical architecture and grape vines. The protagonist sits alone on a concrete bench wearing a pure white robe that falls off one shoulder and reaches her feet. A golden yellow fabric is tied around her waist, holding her dress. She is featured barefoot, with light skin and dark hair, while holding a straw fan. The bench has a lion foot as a base, and behind the model, there is a small arc entrance with a beautiful blue marble block. A small bronze statue sits on the marble, along with white flowers and dark blue irises. The top of the composition shows a balcony with distinctive ceramics, typical to the location, as well as a wooden structure with intertwining grapevines.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Flora 1891, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Flora 1891 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.