|Who painted this? #45|
I delight more and more in the type of paintings which rarely get painted by contemporary artists - carefully constructed scenes recording everyday life.
There's an interesting story behind this painting. I wonder if you can find out what it is.
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Who Painted This #44 - The Answer
|Chaucer at the court of Edward III by Ford Madox Brown|
Art Gallery of New South Wales - Ground Floor
Screenshot - courtesy of Google Art Project
- Title of the artwork: Chaucer at the court of Edward III
- Name of the artist who created this artwork: Ford Madox Brown
- Date it was created: from 1847 until 1851
- Media used: oil on canvas; Height: 3,910 mm (153.94 in). Width: 3,150 mm (124.02 in).
- Where it lives now: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Geoffrey Chaucer reading the "Legend of Custance" to Edward III and his court, at the palace of Sheen, on the anniversary of the Black Prince's forty-fifth birthdayFord Madox Ford was never officially a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. but was sympathetic to their ambitions.
This is a large tableau rather than a painting pure and simple. For one thing there's nothing simple about it! It also took rather a long time to paint - starting in 1857 and finishing in 1851
It was painted on a white ground using what are described as pure colours. The lower portion of the painting has been cleaned.
The chap in grey who is pretending to be Chaucer in the painting is actually Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Other members of the Pre-Raphaelite group and associates appear as minor characters in the painting.
While the original is in Australia, a study for the work is owned by The Tate Gallery in London, exact in detail but much reduced in scale.
The Tate Gallery in London possesses a replica of the work, exact in detail but much reduced in scale.
Who guessed correct?
Who painted this #41? Congratulations to Jane Gardiner (Glasgow Painter) who was first with the name of the artist and all the other available details.
Others who got all the correct answers - or found the copy - were:
- Bernadette Madden
- Patrick Connors
- Barbara Jackson
- Caroline Alexander is going to kick herself when she realises how near and yet so far she was
- Fred Bennett - also caught out by the Tate study
- Colours and Textures - I loved the explanation of how she got there. Those hubbies come in handy!
Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted. You have been warned!