#FlamingJuneattheFrick – One of my favorite paintings is showcased at my favorite NYC museum:
At the end of his career, the British artist Frederic Leighton painted the now-iconic image of a sleeping woman in a vivid orange gown. This nineteenth-century masterpiece embodies the modern philosophy of “art for art’s sake,” the belief that the value of art lies in its aesthetic qualities rather than in its subject matter. The sensuously draped figure — freed from any narrative context — is integrated into a harmonious ensemble of rhythmic lines and radiant color. On loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, Flaming June makes its first public appearance in New York City, exhibited alongside the Frick’s four full-length portraits by James McNeill Whistler, another major proponent of “art for art’s sake.”
Lecture live webcast tomorrow Wed. June 10 at 6PM Eastern.
This, and the Museo de Arte de Ponce‘s collection of Pre-Raphaelites, started my interest in late 19th Century painting.