Thursday, June 21, 2012

La Belle Iseult 1858

La Belle Iseult 1858

Oil on canvas
support: 718 x 502 mm frame: 960 x 755 x 61 mm

Bequeathed by Miss May Morris 1939 to the Tate

but as someone just emailed me the subject is very odd for a love painting.
The inspiration for this painting was Thomas Malory's 'Morte d'Arthur' (1485), in which Guinevere's adulterous love for Sir Lancelot is one of the central themes. The model is Jane Burden who became Morris's wife in 1859.
But it was painted in 1858. Did Morris have suspicions even then ?

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