Leighton’s Flaming June June 9, 2015 to September 6, 2015 This nineteenth-century masterpiece embodies the modern philosophy of “art for art’s sake,” the belief that the value of art lies in its aesthetic qualities rather than in its subject matter. Appropriately enough, given the month, we present Frederic, Lord Leighton's,In 1848 disturbances in Franfurt forced the Leightons to flee to Brussels and Paris before returning to Frankfurt the following year. The price label on it was £60 but Nevill didn't have the money at that time.Shortly afterwards the picture had been removed from the frame, which was then put on sale for £65 with the picture being offered at £50. canvas.He was unable to follow up this success, at least in London, and his Academy submission the following year,As a result Leighton didn't exhibit in 1857 but worked on several paintings which he exhibited in 1858, again, to a lukewarm reception.
Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage became extinct upon his death. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter. Whether this is true or not, and they somehow "liberated" it from elsewhere in the house and needed a convincing cover story, it ended up in a picture framing shop in Lavender Hill. It is 47" x 47" and is particularly appropriate for this blog as it is believed to deliberately echo the sleeping Venus pictures produced by Titian and Giorgione. His father, a professor of music, decided that their South Kensington flat was too small to display it, much to the boy's (one Andrew Lloyd-Webber) disappointment (although he did later acquire a Leighton:A photograph of his studio taken shortly after his death shows his unsold works, including Flaming June and Lachrymae. It has been said that the pose may have been suggested by studies Leighton had made of Michelangelo's.However, the viewpoint is far less conventional, using a low angle which gives prominence to the girl's shimmering thigh at the expense of other parts of her body.Other critics have also said that the pose is a physically impossible one (like Ingres.The story of how the painting ended up in Puerto Rico is intriguing and there seem to be some alternative versions.In 1895 it was owned by Mrs James Watney who left it to her grand-daughter, Mrs Charles Lyell, in 1915 who loaned it to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Size: Art Price: $259.00.