"Coliseum". Three figures on the balcony view something below, probably a festive procession. The most accurate reproduction of figures, fabrics, detailed drawing of faces. But everything else - with the maximum amount of details! The building of the Colosseum itself - all the arches, some designs above, in each arch - a statue. And not just the outlines - it is clear that they are all different. Friezes of marble vases, below - some kind of military parade and a crowd of people walking. Festive feeling!
The sea outside the window, the richest decoration of the room (wall decor, chased sash windows), scrolls with poems ... And what a reader! Young, beautiful, slim, dreamy, thoughtful ... What feelings do you feel in front of this picture? You do not want to be around? Surrender to the pleasure of reading poetry? Plunge into the atmosphere of serenity, peace, expectations of happiness?
I had the impression that Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a very happy man. In his paintings (almost in all) there is no drama, and even more so - tragedy. Everything is permeated by the sun, everything is glowing. The artist puts his heroines and heroes in light fabrics, transparent, and you physically feel their vibrations when the wind blows. (You can argue about clothes: that they are not Romans of Ancient Rome, they are contemporary to the artist or slightly outdated dresses. Probably this is true. But the impression does not change!) It seems to me that if you hang such a picture on the wall, it will be much more spacious and lighter!
Following the Renaissance masters, Sir Lawrence paints nude female bodies. Ideal forms (rather, idealized, but it seems that the models were close to what the master brought to us)! And the situation in which the artist puts the heroines: architecture, decoration, white marble ...
The women in his paintings are young, dreaming, romantic, without a hint of carnal passions, in their faces is hidden joy. And they look like the wife and daughter of the artist. It is known that all artists painted their wives and loved ones. Sir Lawrence was no exception.
By the way, both of them were artists and were apprentices of husband and father. Sir Lawrence’s wife Laura Teresa Alma-Tadema (1852–1909) was both talented and well known. From 1873 she regularly exhibited her works at the Royal Academy of Arts and other galleries in London and Great Britain, in Berlin and Paris, and in 1878 received the Silver Medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. Laura Teresa was constantly exhibited at the Salons in Berlin and received the gold medal of the German government in 1896, when her best paintings were bought by the Emperor. She also drew for the English Illustrated Magazine.
Laura signed her paintings in the same way as Sir Lawrence. This causes confusion (to this day) - whose picture is it? It must be assumed that his wife, if talented, lagged behind her husband, very, very little.
The artist died at the age of 76, in 1912. (Laura Teresa died three years before his death)
Here are his titles and titles:
Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1876,
Full member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1879,
Royal Academy Romana di San Luca since 1907,
Order of the Legion of Honor
Honorary member of the Theatrical Society of the University of Oxford (Alma-Tadema carried out some orders for theatrical productions, in particular, for the production of Coriolan by Henry Irving in 1901 in the London Lyceum Theater)
But that was published in 2006 in connection with the name of the artist:
"Piano Alma-Tadema: music for 1.2 million dollars
The living room will not look perfect and respectable until such time as a large, grand piano appears in it.
Recently, Steinway presented the first grand piano from its new collection.
"Legendary Collection". It is called Alma-Tadema - in honor of the famous master decorator Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and accurately reproduces the model produced in 1887.
That instrument was sold in 1997 for a million, 200 thousand dollars, having gone down in history as the most expensive grand piano in the world. The new Alma-Tadema costs almost two times less - 675 thousand dollars. It is likely that there are many who want to have this wonderful instrument and a real legend from the world of music. "
Beautiful artist! You can, of course, search in his pictures (and find) some inaccuracies, fantastic details, uncharacteristic for the life of the depicted time, but let the bookworms do it. And it is better to just enjoy the skill and the richest imagination of the author of solar canvases!