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  • Nympheas (1897–1898) – Claude Monet £39.00£45.00

    The “Nymphéas” or “Water Lilies” is a series of oil on canvas paintings by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. These paintings depict his garden at Giverny, Eure, and are considered to be some of his most famous works. In fact, the last 30 years of his career were dedicated to his garden and the water lilies growing in the pond. Despite being afflicted with cataract, Monet worked on approximately 250 paintings in this series.

  • A Siesta (1895) – John William Godward £33.00£41.00

    Godward’s painting “A Siesta” portrays a moment of tranquil rest and relaxation. The main focus of the artwork is a young woman who is reclining amidst luxurious fabrics and surrounded by verdant foliage. She is depicted in a peaceful state of rest, with her eyes closed as if she is in a gentle slumber. The soft, diffused light in the painting contributes to the serene atmosphere, enveloping the entire scene in a warm and peaceful glow.

  • Preparing For The Bath (1900) – John William Godward £39.00£61.00

    In the painting “Preparing For The Bath,” Godward portrays a peaceful moment in which a young woman is getting ready for a bath. She is depicted in a state of calm contemplation, surrounded by lavish fabrics and classical architectural elements. The soft, diffused light enhances the feeling of intimacy and relaxation, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere of the scene.

  • Girl in Yellow Drapery (1901) – John William Godward £39.00£45.00

    In “Girl in Yellow Drapery”, Godward portrays a young woman who is draped in luxurious yellow fabric. Her figure is bathed in soft, diffused light. The woman’s graceful pose and serene expression exude a sense of tranquility and poise. Behind her, classical architectural elements provide a timeless backdrop that adds to the overall sense of refinement and sophistication.

  • Julia (1914) – John William Godward £39.00£45.00

    “Julia” is a 1914 painting by John William Godward. It exemplifies his attention to detail and mastery of classical subjects. The central figure, Julia, exudes elegance and is surrounded by opulent marble columns and drapery. Godward’s use of light and color creates a warm and serene atmosphere, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of classical antiquity.

  • At the fountain (1893) – John William Godward £39.00£45.00

    John William Godward’s painting “At the Fountain” is a stunning masterpiece completed in 1893. In this serene painting, two elegantly dressed women are seen pausing by a sunlit fountain. The scene is captured in soft, diffused light, enhancing the sense of tranquility and harmony. The women’s graceful poses and serene expressions evoke a timeless sense of classical beauty.

  • Idleness (1900) – John William Godward £39.00£45.00

    “‘Idleness’ depicts a young woman lounging in a tranquil setting. Godward’s attention to detail is evident in the exquisite rendering of the woman’s features and surroundings. The painting exudes a sense of contemplation and invites viewers to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of the classical world. Whether in a museum or at home, a reproduction of ‘Idleness’ would be a stunning addition to any art collection.”

  • Dolce Far Niente – John William Godward (1906) £39.00£45.00

    “Dolce Far Niente” is a masterpiece painted by the talented artist John William Godward in 1906, which translates to “Sweet Idleness” in Italian. This oil painting captures the essence of leisure and tranquility, portraying a serene scene of a reclining woman lost in thought amidst a backdrop of classical architecture and lush greenery.

    Godward was renowned for his ability to depict classical subjects with remarkable detail and a delicate touch, and “Dolce Far Niente” is a prime example of his mastery.

  • Dolce Far Niente (1897) John William Godward £39.00£61.00

    “Dolce Far Niente” is a well-known oil painting created by the English artist John William Godward in 1897, in the neoclassical style. Although the painting is now part of a private collection, it is still widely recognized and appreciated in the art world. This type of nude oil painting is common in the visual arts genre. Additionally, I highly recommend exploring other artworks by John William Godward.”

  • When The Heart Is Young (1902) John William Godward £39.00£45.00

    The sea’s deep blue contrasts with the lighter blue of the sky and islands can be seen in the distance. Fresh green vines spill over the orange frame, pointing to the reclining subject. On the left, there is more foliage and a small garden of flowers in soft colors. The subject rests against simple marble with a mosaic at the bottom.

    The model’s supine pose is entrancing, with neatly parted hair and soft wrinkles on her toga. A leopard pelt emphasizes the softness of her skin, and the pink toga and cheeks accentuate her youth. The painting depicts a beautiful summer day in classical antiquity.

  • Mischief and Repose (1895) John William Godward £39.00£61.00

    “Mischief and Repose” is an 1895 painting by John William Godward depicting an interior scene from Ancient Greece or Rome. The oil-on-canvas painting features two young women dressed in long, flowing robes made of sheer material, respectively blue and grey, and tied at the waist. The painting is held by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and was created following the Neoclassical tradition of Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The painting is signed and dated on the multicoloured marble wall in the upper left corner, “J. W. Godward 1895”

  • Study for the Wife and Daughters of Brutus – Jacques Louis David (ca. 1787) £33.00£41.00

    This sheet is one of many studies David made for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons painting, completed in 1789. The painting depicts an episode from the life of Lucius Junius Brutus, who established the first Roman Republic and later condemned his two sons to death for involvement in a royalist conspiracy. David’s painting focuses on the aftermath experienced by Brutus and his family. The composition features three parts: Brutus stands alone in the left foreground, a group of more dramatic figures including his wife and daughters is in the right, and the lictors carrying the corpses of Brutus’ sons are in the left background.

  • The Death of Socrates – Jacques Louis David (ca. 1786) £39.00£45.00

    The drawing illuminates the artist’s main concerns. The perspective lines on the lower left side of the sheet recede towards a vanishing point just above Plato’s head, who is seated at the foot of the bed. This highlights the special role of Plato, who was not present in Socrates’ prison cell but described the scene in his Dialogue, Phaedo. Socrates, in his final moments, gestured towards the heavens, describing his notions on the immortality of the soul to his disciples. David lightly sketched the form of an ancient lyre, a musical instrument metaphorically representing the relationship of the human soul (music) to the body (instrument) in Plato’s text, which is just behind Socrates’s right leg.

  • Orpheus en Eurydice – Jacques Louis David (circa 1817) £39.00£61.00

    Jacques-Louis David was an artist who worked for Robespierre and Napoleon during the French Revolution and the Empire. However, his association with these controversial figures made Paris a dangerous place for him, forcing him to move to Brussels, where he experienced strong stylistic changes in his work. He donated four drawings to the Société Royale des Beaux-Arts in Ghent before his death. These chalk drawings illustrate David’s late style and re-actualize Antiquity through a more realistic representation.

  • Church of Sant’ Onofrio, Rome – Jacques Louis David (1775-80) £38.00£45.00

    This is a beautiful artwork by Jacques-Louis David titled “Church of Sant’ Onofrio, Rome (1775/80)” that portrays an outdoor scene in Rome, Italy. The artwork shows the Church of Sant’ Onofrio, a significant Christian site with a rich history dating back to the 14th century. The artwork’s excellent use of black chalk and grey wash on pale blue laid paper creates a sense of depth and texture, bringing the intricate facade of the church to life. As one of the most prominent figures in the French art scene during the 18th century,

  • Napoleon Crossing The Alps – Jacques Louis David (1800) £33.00£41.00

    “Napoleon Crossing the Alps”, also known as “Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass” or “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps”, is listed as Le Premier Consul franchissant les Alpes au col du Grand Saint-Bernard is a famous set of five oil on canvas equestrian portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte. The French artist Jacques-Louis David painted them between 1801 and 1805. The King of Spain commissioned the portraits initially. They show an idealized view of the real crossing that Napoleon and his army made through the Great St Bernard Pass in May 1800. This composition has become one of the most widely reproduced images of Napoleon.”

  • The Coronation of Napoleon – Jacques Louis David (1805-1807) £39.00£61.00

    “The Coronation of Napoleon” is a large oil painting created by Jacques-Louis David, the official painter of Napoleon. It depicts Napoleon’s coronation at Notre Dame de Paris and is almost 10 metres wide and a little over 6 metres tall. The painting is currently displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Napoleon commissioned the painting orally in September 1804, and Jacques-Louis David began working on it on December 21, 1805. He worked on it in the former chapel of the College of Cluny, near the Sorbonne, with the help of his student, Georges Rouget. The finishing touches were put on the painting in January 1808.

     

  • The Intervention Of The Sabine Women – Jacques Louis David (1799) £38.00£45.00

    The Intervention of the Sabine Women is a painting by Jacques-Louis David that depicts an event that occurred after the abduction of Sabine women by the founding generation of Rome. David began working on the painting in 1796 and it took him nearly four years to complete. The artwork portrays Hersilia, the wife of Romulus, rushing between her husband and her father, placing her babies between them. The theme of the artwork is centered around the idea of love prevailing over conflict and the importance of protecting children.

  • Oath of the Horatii – Jacques Louis David (1784) £38.00£45.00

    The Oath of the Horatii is a painting by Jacques-Louis David, exhibited at the Louvre. It tells the story of a dispute between Rome and Alba Longa, where three brothers from each city fight to the death. The painting emphasizes patriotism and self-sacrifice. The Horatii brothers are willing to die for Rome, and only one survives, killing all three Curiatii brothers. Camilla, a sister of the Horatii brothers, weeps for her betrothed who is one of the Curiatii fighters, and is killed by the surviving brother for her grief over the enemy. The painting was popular in the Neoclassical style.

  • Cupid and Psyche – Jacques Louis David (1817) £38.00£45.00

    Love and Psyche, also known as Cupid and Psyche, is a painting created by Jacques-Louis David in 1817. It is currently displayed in the Cleveland Museum of Art. David produced this artwork during his exile in Brussels for his patron and collector, Gian Battista Sommariva. When it was first exhibited at the museum in Brussels, it surprised viewers with its realistic portrayal of Cupid. Critics initially viewed the painting’s unconventional style and realistic depiction of Cupid as a sign of David’s decline while in exile. However, art historians now understand it as a deliberate departure from traditional methods of representing mythological figures.

  • The Death of Socrates – Jacques Louis David (1787) £38.00£45.00

    “The Death of Socrates” is a neoclassical oil painting created by French artist Jacques-Louis David in 1787. The painting depicts the story of Socrates’ execution as told by Plato in his Phaedo. In the story, Socrates is sentenced to death by drinking poison hemlock for corrupting the youth of Athens and introducing strange gods. Rather than fleeing when given the opportunity, Socrates calmly uses his death as a final lesson for his pupils. The Phaedo is Plato’s fourth and last dialogue that details the philosopher’s final days, which is also documented in Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito.

  • Mars Being Disarmed By Venus – Jacques Louis David (1824) £33.00£41.00

    “Mars Being Disarmed by Venus” is the last painting created by the French artist Jacques-Louis David. David started working on this painting in 1822 when he was 73 years old and was living in exile in Brussels. He completed it three years later, just before he passed away in an accident in 1825. The painting is a combination of idealization and realism, where David integrated the idealized forms of mythological painting with a realist attention to detail. This combination of two seemingly incompatible principles also plays a crucial role in the themes of the painting, particularly in its representation of masculinity and femininity.

  • Marat Assassinated – Jacques Louis David (1793) £38.00£45.00

    “The Death of Marat” is a painting created in 1793 by Jacques-Louis David, a French Neoclassical painter, Montagnard, and member of the revolutionary Committee of General Security. The painting portrays his friend and murdered French revolutionary leader, Jean-Paul Marat, lying dead in his bath after his assassination by Charlotte Corday on July 13, 1793. It is considered one of the most renowned images from the French Revolution era. Art historian T. J. Clark described David’s painting as the first modernist work that used politics as its material without altering it.

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