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by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Flora - Description

Victorian painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s 1877 watercolor Flora is a classically arranged piece designed to bring to light the decadence and splendor of life in antiquity. Resounding in complimentary tones and variations of pastel red, blue and green, this painting puts in the foreground a girl daintily picking flowers from a garden and placing them in a filled basket. This piece comments on the triumph of mankind over nature, with the marble patio and ornate fountain spewing an arch of water above the bending lass. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema places her face at the visual center of this painting indicating that her satisfied expression is one to take heed of. Notice the placid expression and closed eyelids as she bends to pick the flower. Behind her, Alma-Tadema’s re-creation of classical architecture looms, a testament to the artist’s admirable gall and brazen ability to render such forms in his favor, at his will. The watercolor medium gives this painting a dreamlike effect, with a hint of blue sky peeking in over the wall of trees beyond the fountain. There is a remarkable balance between free flowing nature and carved marble in this work which is most likely subtle commentary by the artist whose insertion of it suggests the irony of living apart from nature but desiring to be one with its fertility and beauty. The woman picks flowers, serenely taming nature while behind her along the fountain men sit on tamed but rearing horses.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Flora

Original Artist: Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Subject: Portraits
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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