Saturday, 18 August 2012

Frederick Cayley Robinson and A Winter's Evening

'A Winter's Evening' (1899) by Frederick Cayley Robinson; no location found

Today I was doubting between Italian Baroque painter Guido Reni and English painter Frederick Cayley Robinson. I can still use Reni for the 4th of November when he has his date of birth but Robinson I can only use today. He died on January 4, 1927. The images of the paintings of this English artist, who was born on 18 August 1862, immediately caught my eye. The colours are very vivid and there are quite some paintings who have incredible light. The light in today's painting is subtle whereas in other paintings it comes from a clear source like a moon. Click here and here and here. Robinson studied in London and Paris and his work was highly influenced by the French artist Puvis de Chavannes. He went to Florence and studied the art of tempera painting and the work of Giotto and Michelangelo. He was an illustrator as well and probably his most popular work were the illustrations he did for the printed version of Maurice Maeterlinck's play 'The Blue Bird' (1911). Click here for one of his illustrations and here for the informative accompanying article. He designed the costumes and décor for 'The Blue Bird' play at the Haymarket Theatre in 1909 and painted the decorative panels for the Middlesex Hospital, 1910-14. I'm very happy to meet him today and enjoyed doing this post and seeing more of his art work.

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