|'Broken Vows' (1857) by Philip Hermogenes Calderon; Tate Britain, London|
Again a painter that I had never heard of before. Philip Hermogenes Calderon, born on 3 May 1833 and died on 30 April 1898, was an English painter of French and Spanish ancestry. When you google his paintings, you can see that he was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite style. His later work was dominated by historical, biblical and literary themes. The painting I chose for today is one of his earlier works and here the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites is very evident in the deep colours of the painting. This is probably his most famous work and is on permanent display in the Tate Britain in London. In this painting a woman is shown in agony while being confronted with her lover's adulterous behaviour behind the fence. The ivy-covered wall may suggest that she thought that their love was everlasting because ivy represents fidelity and wedded love. I think the painting is beautiful and quite sad. It makes you truly sympathise with her.