Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton – Compare and Contrast

For this essay about modern and contemporary art, I have chosen the Victorian era and two classical-subject painters from this era to compare and contrast; divulging how they were influenced and inspired by the happenings and world around them. Before comparing a piece of work of each artist, I intend to look into how their lives and contextual issues affected them as both men and artists, shaping the way they became and moulding them into artists who chose to depict classical subjects as opposed to following along with the other movements of the time; movements such as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; Fauvism and Expressionism, which came into being later on in the artists’ careers and would have been an easy bandwagon to jump onto.

The two artists that I have chosen for my subjects are Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912); and Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896); and their works chosen for this writing are Alma-Tadema’s The Triumph of Titus: AD 71 (1885) and Leighton’s Daedalus and Icarus (1869).

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Current Direction – Tristan and Yseult Art Project on Hold

In light of a few technicalities I’ve been having with getting started on my Tristan and Yseult painting, I’m going to put that on the back burner for a short while; though I have written an outline of the legend as I want it to be and will flesh that out and edit it to post real soon. For the painting itself, I will get round to it once the arisen problems with it have been solved.

In the meantime and due to the inspiration I received whilst writing my last post, I’m going to create some ‘Middle Earth’ themed artworks, it’s something I’m a huge fan of and also by regularly creating artworks it’s good practice and training for me.

This will mainly consist of loads of sketches and drawings, finally culminating in an oil painting showing one of Tolkien’s masterful narrative scenes; there’s also the possibility of one or two watercolour landscapes as well, I’m currently more comfortable with watercolours than I am with oils as I’m totally new to them therefore the one oil painting that I do produce may take some time to accomplish.

My next post will be on Wednesday 15th July and will contain some sketches that I’ve been doing for this project.

JGlover