La Belle Dame Sans Merci, by Sir Frank Dicksee. 🎨 A7/2/2021, 7:26:41 PM
La Belle Dame Sans Merci, by Sir Frank Dicksee. 🎨 A Victorian classic based in the namesake novel by John Keats: a knight tells the poet of his encounter with a mysterious fairy, which he climbed on the back of his horse and accompanied to a fabulous grotto, where they made love tirelessly. However, while he sleeps, the knight has a dream in which dying kings warn him that the lady has mercilessly enslaved him. This turned into one of the main myths of romantic love. The woman is sitting side-saddle on the knight’s horse, looking down into his eyes. Looking at the picture, Dicksee captures the central theme of the poem that it’s the woman who is in control. For the knight, he is looking up at the woman, appearing to no longer be in control. With arms outstretched, his expression is one of infatuation. Although Dicksee places the knight and the lady at the centre of the scene, he does not neglect the background. A fascination with chivalry had lasted throughout the nineteenth century, typically combining romantic escapism with a cautionary note of the 'femme fatale'. Although chivalric themes were popular amongst Victorian artists, Frank Dicksee demonstrates an innovative approach to the subject in his use of vibrant colours and dramatic spatial construction. A total masterpiece! 🧑🎨 Francis Bernard Dicksee (English, 1853-1928) was a Victorian painter and illustrator, well-known for his works on literature, legend and history. His father Thomas was also a painter, so Frank was exposed along with his whole family to art since early childhood. He soon enrolled in the Royal Academy of Arts and was quite a disruptor and innovator in there: he quickly got elected president and knighted in 1925. He achieved great success in the Victorian society, not only for his impressive erudition but also for his admired portraits. 📐 Height: 137 cm (54 in). Width: 188 cm (74 in). Oil on canvas, circa 1901. 🏛 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol. What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!