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Courtship - The Proposal

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Courtship - The Proposal - Description

Courtship-the Proposal is a painting by Victorian Classicist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. This oil, painted on stretched canvas, was completed in the year 1896. The tone of this painting differs slightly from the majority of Alma-Tadema’s work, with a noticeable stray from his usual palette of brilliant or muted blues juxtaposed against muted tones of pink, red and green. Here is a work resounding in shades of grey and white. Behind the pair an ocean lies, lightened to the point of ambiguity. Consistent with Alma-Tadema’s approach is the strawberry-blonde hair situated atop a head of milky white skin. The cheeks are also rosy. This is a characteristic found amongst many women in Alma-Tadema’s repertoire. The woman’s bright head stands out as the visual center for Alma-Tadema’s painting like so many others by him. Her body position commands the attention of the observer, whose eyes are forced to flow up the white dress until meeting her averted eyes. The man, more consistent with the colors of the background, plays second fiddle to the eye’s attention based on the fact that his tone matches the stems of the flowers growing on the tree behind the woman as well as the statue to the right of him. The statue assists in the lining up of heads in this composition, a classical arrangement that was no accident by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Courtship - The Proposal

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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