Wednesday, October 3, 2012

La Belle Iseult ~ William Morris

This was Morris' only known easel work. Under the influence of Rossetti but with its own style. But look at the odd bronze pitcher, bottom right. Anyway recent analysis shows parts like the red sleeves were overpainted. Morris abandoned the painting, calling it 'a brute' and both Rossetti and Madox Brown had a go at it. But when it was given to Madox Brown's soon in 1874 it was described as unfinished. It was eventually returned to Jane. She allowed it to be exhibited at the 1897 Morris memorial but it was called 'Queen Guenevere'.

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