The Art Work of Henry Meynell Rheam
I have always been drawn to the artwork of, Henry Meynell Rheam. My Grandmother had a few prints of his artwork hanging in her living room. His artwork has a magical quality about it. It took you back to a different time, yet not a time that was known to exist. He worked primarily in sketch and watercolour, and every painting he did told a story. The painting in the photo to the left is of, Titania welcoming her fairy brethren .
I also love this sketch and watercolour he did in 1903. It is known as, The Fairy Wood . Fantasy paintings were popular in Victorian times and ideas for paintings were sometimes drawn from folktales, myths, or from the artists imagination. Maybe that is why I am drawn to his artwork, it has a certain mystery about it.
The Fairy Wood - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0
Rheam's, paintings were done in what is known as late Pre-Raphaelite style. Romance, and romanticism were popular themes and many of his works were focused on this type of painting.
The Banshee - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0
Rheam, was born in 1859, studied art in Germany and later in London and Paris. He painted off and on throughout his life until he passed in 1920. I like all of his paintings. In today's world of digitized computer art, I look back at the tools that these early artists used and am awed by their talent.
Sleeping Beauty - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0
What kind of artwork are you drawn to?
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