Briar Wood Romance
Watercolor, gouache, color pencil, and graphite, 19”x 14”
Pre-Raphaelite artists depicted tangled vines in many ‘romantic’ scenes, including the Briar Wood painting by Edward Burne-Jones. A pomegranate, surrounded by a thorny tangle symbolizes resurrection from man’s relics of bygone civilization.
Pot of Basil - Isabella & Lorenzo
Watercolor, gouache, color pencil, and ink, 19”x 14”
“Fair Isabel, poor simple Isabel” as published by John Keats in 1820, took the head of her murdered lover, Lorenzo, and “...calmed its wild hair with a golden comb......for its tomb did choose a garden pot....and o’er it set Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.” This scene was captured by William Holman Hunt in his painting, Isabella and the Pot of Basil.
|© Donald B. Myer, 2010|
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