Redraw of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Fanny Cornforth)

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Fanny Cornforth)
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB

This is a sketch of Fanny Cornfort (3 January 1835 -24 February 1909).
She was an English artist’s model and the mistress and muse of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She also performed housekeeping duties for Rossetti.

Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter, and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later the main inspiration for the second generation of artists and writers influenced by the most movements. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.

Rossetti’s art was characterized by its sensuality and medieval revivalism ( a system of belief and practice inspired by the Middle Ages of Europe, or by devotion to elements of that period, which have been expressed in areas such as architecture, literature, music, and art. Since the 18th century, a variety of movements have used the medieval period as a model or inspiration for creative activity, including Romanticism, the Gothic revival, the pre-Raphaelitie and arts, and crafts movements).

“Every Pre-Raphaelite landscape background is painted to the last touch, in the open air, from the thing itself. Every Pre-Raphaelite figure, however, studied in expression, is a true portrait of some living person.”

Rossetti increasingly preferred symbolic and mythological images to realistic ones. He created a method of painting in watercolors, using thick pigments mixed with gum to give a rich effect similar to medieval illuminations. He also develops a novel drawing technique in pen-and-ink.

In 1861, Rossetti returned to oil painting, abandoning the dense medieval compositions of the 1950s in favor of powerful close-up images of women in flat pictorial spaces characterized by dense color. These paintings became a major influence on the development of the European Symbolist movement. In them, Rossetti’s depiction of women became almost obsessively stylized. He portrayed his new lover Fanny Cornforth as the epitome of physical eroticism.

After Rossetti’s wife died he continued to maintain Fanny Cornforth and painted many voluptuous images of her between 1863 and 1865.


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