Σάββατο, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2010

Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)

Edmund Blair Leighton also known as Edward Blair Leighton was a painter of historical genre pictures, mainly of medieval times, but also regency. He is now one of the most popular of the painters on this web site, his pictures being amongst the most frequently reproduced as posters. Rather like Waterhouse, and Herbert Draper, Leighton the man has virtually disappeared. The reasons for the continuing popularity of the artist’s work are not difficult to understand, as they are similar to those in his lifetime, namely nostalgia for an elegant chivalrous past. Leighton was also a fastidious craftsman, producing highly- finished, beautifully painted, decorative pictures. It would appear that he left no diaries, and I have been unable to locate any mention of him in biographies, and though he exhibited at the Royal Academy for over forty years, he was never an Academician or an Associate. I set out below such information as I have been able to accumulate on the elusive Leighton.
Edmund Blair Leighton was born on the 21st September 1853, the son of the artist Charles Blair Leighton. He was educated at University College School, before becoming a student at the Royal Academy Schools. Leighton married Katherine Nash in 1885; they had a son and daughter. He exhibited annually at the RA from 1878 to 1920. Leighton was, as might be expected from his historic genre paintings a collector of old musical instruments, art, and furniture. He lived at 14 Priory Road, Bedford Park, London, and died on the 1st September 1922.




                                                                alain chartier


                                         call to arms                        

                                                                  
                                                                            God speed!


                                                                       the accolate


                                                       the charity of st.Elizabeth of Hungury


                                                                                 duty


                                                                     the hostage


                                                                               the piano lesson




source: http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=844

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