Theodoor Rombouts, Prometheus (Detail), 17th Century
Victorian fairy painting
'Fairy painting, particularly when produced in its Golden Age, between 1840 and 1870, is a peculiarly British contribution to the development of Romanticism. […] As modern industrial progress engulfed the English countryside, the Victorians embraced belief in fairies as a reaction to the disenchantment of the world […] Fairy painting is the visual evidence of a spectrum of mid-19th-century preoccupations: nationalism, antiquarianism, exploration, anthropology, the dismantling of religious belief and, crucially, the emergence of spiritualism.’ Jeremy Maas and others, Victorian Fairy Painting, exhib. catalogue (Royal Academy of Arts: Merrell Holberton, London, 1998)
John Anster Fitzgerald (1823-1906), The Fairy’s Barque, 1860
John Anster Fitzgerald, Fairy Hordes Attacking a Bat, date unknown
Richard Dadd (1817-1886), Titania Sleeping, 1841
Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901), The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania, 1847
Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), Scene from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Titania and Bottom, 1848-51
Richard Doyle (1824-1883), ‘The Triumphal March of the Elf King’, from In Fairyland, or Pictures from the Elf World, 1869
frederic edwin church
Lukas Kandl, Mandrill arc-en-ciel
Skull Study 2 ~ Levi Hadley 2012
Moonlit Beauties (detail) by Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896)
oil on canvas, date unknown
In 1889, the year of Adolf Hitler’s birth, Franz von Stuck painted “The Wild Chase”, which depicts Wotan (major god of Germanic polytheism) on horseback leading a procession of the dead. The painting has become infamous for its disturbing resemblance to Hitler.
It’s said Adolf Hitler saw this painting at thirteen and he was fascinated by Wotan, and later had this painting taken from the museum and placed in a special gallery.
Franz von Stuck was Hitler’s favorite painter from childhood on and the art of Franz von Stuck dominated Hitler’s childhood imagery (according to Robert Waite’s book The Psychopathic God: Adolph Hitler).
Robert Waite wrote: “Hitler was said to have copied his mustache, hair style, and oratorical style from the painting.”
John Frederick Kensett - Bash Bish Falls (1855)
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