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A remarkable reproduction of the effects of light on a variety of surfaces, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s style was characterised by this kind of tactile, experiential rendering of classical life. One of his final paintings, his 1909 canvas A Favorite Custom appears anachronistic when placed next to almost any other painting of the same time. Yet, Alma-Tadema’s Neo-classical reproductions of everyday life were extraordinarily successful in Victorian England, matched only by Edwin Henry Landseer as the star populist artist of the late nineteenth century. Over a career spanning over sixty years, the artist delivered exactly what the public’s tastes desired – primarily reclining or languid figures posed against sunlit marble in the classical world. Forging a prodigious output of these imaging glimpses, Alma-Tadema fed the Victorian imagination with his meticulous archaeological research and towering cinematic vision.
A Favorite Custom is an imagined reproduction of a scene at the Stabian baths at Pompeii, Roman women playfully splashing around in the various baths and gathering in the dressing room with sociable, languid ease. Alma-Tadema performed intricate and meticulous research on the archaeological artefacts relating to his subjects, ensuring a faithful conjuring of the classical world that so delighted his Victorian buyers. Studying a number of photographs of the remains of the baths, Alma-Tadema added his own flourishes to appeal to his contemporary audiences. Enormously successful in England after moving to London from his native Netherlands, Alma-Tadema created an idealised and idyllic vision of Roman and Greek everyday life both to feed the supposed intelligence of the classically-educated art collecting classes, and to offer a sanctuary from the noise and turbulence of an increasingly mechanized world. An anachronistic work for the twentieth-century, Alma-Tadema reflects the true tastes of the majority – regressive and insular, yet still profoundly humanistic and high-minded.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Favorite Custom, 1909, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Favorite Custom, 1909 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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