Classical Women

A Kiss by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1891

After the Bath by Károly Lotz 1880

A Thorn Amidst the Roses by James Sant 1887

Monday: 1 of 6

In the Tepidarium (1881) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Sunday: 5 of 6

Fhe Frigidarium by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. This was completed in 1890.

Friday: 1 of 6

Girl in Yellow Drapery by John William Godward who was an English
painter from the end of the Pre-Raphaelite / Neo-Classicist era. He was a
protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema but his style of painting fell out of
favour with the arrival of painters like Picasso.

He committed suicide at the age of 61 in 1922 and is said to have written in
his suicide note that “the world was not big enough” for him and a Picasso.

Godward’s already estranged family, who had disapproved of his becoming
an artist, were ashamed of his suicide and burned his papers. No photographs
of Godward are known to survive.

Thursday: 2 of 6

A Favourite Custom by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1909).

Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky.

This painting reminds me of a painting in the library of the boarding school I attended for a brief time in England. (Horrible experience, awful school but that’s another story).  I loved the painting which depicted Roman or Grecian women bathing. Perhaps it was this very one.