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Sophie Gengembre Anderson's 1869 painting 'Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things', Charles Ede is an elegant study of a woman's face and an unusual study of the female form in that it was rendered by a female artist. In the intensely patriarchal world of Victorian painting women were figures of contemplation, the object of a male gaze. Anderson's presence is a much-needed and refreshing departure from the man's world of nineteenth-century painting. The title of Anderson's gentle study is from a poem by Charles Ede, and appears to reference the dominance of populist paintings and dream-like and mythical reproductions of female-dominated tableaux. Most Victorian artists chose to feature Romantic renderings of literary heroines and tragic female figures, many of which were depicted as enchantresses, set to ensnare some unsuspecting male victim. Yet Take the Fair Face of Woman... is a mature meditation on serenity and nature and stripped of much of the loaded tragedy imbued upon most female subjects of painting.
Born in France, Anderson made a successful career painting rural renditions of women and children, filling the gaps left by her peers the Pre-Raphaelite movement. A self taught talent, Anderson fled the 1848 French Revolution for America, meeting a British genre artist and settling down. Relocating to London in the early 1860s, Anderson became fascinated with the technical flourishes and imagination of the Pre-Raphaelites, admiring their fascination with botany and the elegant and Symbolist evocations of their reproductions of the natural world surrounded by myth and legend. A remarkable success in her day, Anderson's work was not given the opportunity to develop, restricted as she was to a genre that was seen as the only one acceptable for women. Take the Fair Face of Woman... can therefore be seen as a searing critique on the patriarchy of Victorian painting.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of 'Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things', Charles Ede, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of 'Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things', Charles Ede 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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