Art Inspired by Keats

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Art Inspired by Keats

Postby Malia » Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:54 pm

I saw in another thread that several folks are inspired by the Pre-Raphealites--several of whom used Keats's poems as inspiration for their work. The Pre-Raphealites (and Tennyson) were some of the earliest fans of Keats's work--I think they discovered him while in college and gave him a kind of cult following. I like their work, as well, so I went searching the internet and found several visual interpratations of Keats's poems to share. It looked to me like the most popular poem to paint from was Isabella and the Pot of Basil. Here are a few representations.

This is my favorite, by W.H. Hunt. . .
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Here's one by J.W. Alexander. . .

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Here's John Waterhouse's version. . .
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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:05 pm

Ha ha, I was thinking about making this thread, but you beat me to it, Malia!

I've never seen that Alexander painting. I love the mood and the shadows. It's so different from my conception of Pre-Raphaelite art as bright and colorful.

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is also a very popular work for artists.

This one is by Waterhouse:
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And this one is by Sir Frank Dicksee:
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I had a poster of this one up in my dorm room for several years at college :)
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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:05 pm

Well psh. . . I'll just have to try that first one again! :roll:
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Postby Saturn » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:08 pm

Tripod is notoriously unreliable - avoid hosting images from there.
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Postby dks » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:09 pm

Beautiful, gauzy depiction by that Dicksee fella...very nice.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:11 pm

Saturn wrote:Tripod is notoriously unreliable - avoid hosting images from there.

I wasn't hosting it there. . . someone else was :P :roll:

All is well with the world now, though. Well, at least this thread.
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Postby Fortuna » Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:43 am

The W.H. Hunt painting of Isabella and the pot of basil is incredibly provocative... actually quite reminiscent of how my boyfriend guards his pot of rosemary :lol:.
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Postby dks » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:21 pm

Fortuna wrote:The W.H. Hunt painting of Isabella and the pot of basil is incredibly provocative... actually quite reminiscent of how my boyfriend guards his pot of rosemary :lol:.


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