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The British painter John William Waterhouse concluded the work entitled Sweet Summer in 1912, during the final stage of his career. Initially, the artist worked with Classic themes, as he studied at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Waterhouse was inspired by artists like Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton, eventually making each canvas larger and focusing on ancient Greek mythology. It was only later in his artistic career that the painter turned his attention to the Pre-Raphaelites – a movement that, like the name states, focused on art before Raphael. The Brotherhood began the same year Waterhouse was born, and he represents the second generation of artists to embrace the movement, bringing it to the XX century.
In Sweet Summer, Waterhouse portrays a beautiful semi-nude woman laying in a garden, on a long horizontal canvas. The model is at the forefront of the composition, wearing complementary colors – a long draping blue dress with a red fabric wrapped around her waist. She has taken off one of the sleeves of her garment, showing her breasts as she brings an arm over her head and holds a pink flower in her other hand. Her seductive and laid-back pose is enhanced by the position of her legs, as one is bent, showing the curves of her hips and bringing a richness the to details of the folds of the fabric as well. Next to the woman, on the bottom of the composition, a beige hand fan stands out from the green grass. The artist often focused on the sensuality of the female figure – a subject that is currently causing controversy and debate about the role of women in art and how they are represented.
Behind the woman, a concrete fountain spills water from a small lion head. A large ceramic bowl brings a warm red-brown color to the background. In the distance, the bottom of some Greek columns can be seen, suggesting there is a massive construction in which the audience cannot see. Behind the model’s head, there is a dark green rose bush with many pink blossoms – the same one she holds in her hand. The light-skinned woman features straight dark hair and looks down towards her feet as if she is unaware that she is being admired.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Sweet Summer 1912, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Sweet Summer 1912 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.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic 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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