Painters Paintings Edward Robert Hughes (1851–1914): Midsummer Eve, 1908, watercolor and gouache on…
Painters Work Edward Robert Hughes (1851–1914): Midsummer Eve, 1908, watercolor and gouache on paper, 114 x 76, 2 cm, Personal assortment
Edward Robert Hughes started his profession among the many Pre-Raphaelites, and his earlier topics had been usually based mostly in Shakespearian or different literary themes.
Hughes’ flip to Symbolism was seemingly prompted by his relationship with Edward Burne-Jones who, by his demise in 1898, had an exceedingly highly effective affect over the profitable Academicians of the late Victorian period. Burne-Jones’ aesthetics are notably current in ‘Midsummer Eve’ with the fragile and otherworldly detachment of its mysterious feminine character, its play with contrasting shapes and volumes, compositional area, and shifts in perspective.
An excellent watercolorist, Hughes makes use of the medium to fill the image floor with hazy, dreamlike swabs of saturated color, and employs extra closely bodied gouache to create these interesting, hilarious fairy story characters.
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