Saturday, November 30, 2019

Red Hair in Art: Oleg Oprisco

Oleg Oprisco is a contemporary photographer from Lviv, Ukraine.

To find more about him read this interview and check out his website, his other websites and his Facebook page.

Here are some of his photos featuring red hair.

Blue Leaves, Red Hair

Filament of Fate 2

Filament of Fate

Instead of Breath






Friday, November 29, 2019

Pre-Raphaelite Who's Who: Jane Morris

Jane Morris (née Burden, 1839 - 1914) was an English embroiderer who became a model and muse to her husband William Morris and to Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

In October 1857 she and her sister Elizabeth attended a performance of the Drury Lane Theatre Company in Oxford. Jane Burden was noticed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, who were members of a group of artists painting the Oxford Union murals. Struck by her beauty, they asked her to model for them. Burden sat mostly for Rossetti as a model for Queen Guinevere and afterwards for William Morris, who was working on an easel painting, La Belle Iseult. During this period, Morris fell in love with Burden and they became engaged, though by her own admission she was not in love with Morris.

After her engagement, she was privately educated to become a gentleman's wife. Her keen intelligence allowed her to recreate herself. She was a voracious reader who became proficient in French and Italian and she became an accomplished pianist with a strong background in classical music. Her manners and speech became refined to an extent that contemporaries referred to her as "queenly." Later in life, she had no trouble moving in upper-class circles.

Jane married William Morris at St Michael at the Northgate in Oxford on 26 April 1859. After the marriage, the Morrises lived at Red House in Bexleyheath, Kent. While living there, they had two daughters, Jane Alice and Mary, who later edited her father's works.

In 1871, Morris and Rossetti took out a joint tenancy on Kelmscott Manor on the Gloucestershire–Oxfordshire–Wiltshire borders. William Morris went to Iceland, leaving his wife and Rossetti to furnish the house and spend the summer there. Jane Morris had become closely attached to Rossetti and became a favourite muse of his. They shared a deep emotional relationship and she inspired Rossetti to write poetry and create some of his best paintings.

Here are some of the paintings featuring Jane Morris.

Astarte Syriaca, by D. G. Rossetti

Jane Morris (The Blue Silk Dress),
by D. G. Rossetti

La donna della finestra,
by D. G. Rossetti

Pia de' Tolomei,
by D. G. Rossetti

by D. G. Rossetti

The Day Dream, by D. G. Rossetti

The Salutation of Beatrice, by D. G. Rossetti

Jane and Mary Morris

Red Hair in Art: John William Godward

John William Godward (1861 - 1922) was an English painter from the end of the Neo-Classicist era. He was a protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, but his style of painting fell out of favour with the rise of modern art. He committed suicide at the age of 61 and is said to have written in his suicide note that "the world is not big enough for [both] myself and a Picasso".

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1887. When he moved to Italy with one of his models in 1912, his family broke off all contact with him and even cut his image from family pictures. They were ashamed of his suicide and burned his papers. Only one photograph of Godward is known to survive.

Godward was a Victorian Neo-Classicist, and therefore, in theory, a follower of Frederic Leighton. However, he is more closely allied stylistically to Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, with whom he shared a penchant for the rendering of Classical architecture - in particular, static landscape features constructed from marble. The vast majority of Godward's extant images feature women in Classical dress posed against landscape features, although there are some semi-nude and fully nude figures included in his oeuvre.

Given that Classical scholarship was more widespread among the potential audience for his paintings during his lifetime than in the present day, meticulous research of detail was important in order to attain a standing as an artist in this genre. In addition, Godward painstakingly and meticulously rendered other important features in his paintings, such as animal skins and wildflowers.

One of his models was Lily Pettigrew (you can see her in the first six paintings below).

A Summer Rose

Idle moments

Venus Binding Her Hair

Venus at the Bath

Portrait of Lily Pettigrew

Beauty in a Marble Room
(most likely Lily Pettigrew)

Mischief and Repose

A Lady

A Pompeian Lady

After the Bath (study)


The Jewel Casket

Il dolce far niente

In Expectation

An Auburn Beauty

Study of Miss Ethel Warwick

And last, but not least... a ginger cat!

The Tease

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Red Hair in Art. Louis Treserras

Louis Treserras is a contemporary French realistica painter.

You can find more information about him (including the names of his models and all his paintings) on his websites, here and here.


Jeune fille au pair

Vive la Marine

Le coquelicot

La libellule Melissa

La rouquine 2

Jeux interdits

Un innocent automne

Après l'orage

La locataire


La petite anglaise

Lauralou à la fenetre


Une rencontre

Laetita 2

Déesses oubliées


La petite anglaise

Libellule Elma