Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Le Professeur Gothique's Monthly Homework Assignment: Artistic Inspirations

It's time again for another homework assignment from the lovely Professeur Gothique. This months task was to draw inspiration from my favourite artwork or artist. I'm cheating a little bit and choosing  Pre-Raphaelite artworks.

I was very lucky to visit the Birmingham Art Gallery while I was in the UK. My Grans friend took me. Birmingham is the home to many artworks by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The brotherhood was formed in the middle of the 19th century and contained around seven members. They rejected the artwork of their time and focuses on creating different art that focused on mythology and storytelling.
In other news, I love art history but I'm terrible at writing essays. Just read the Wikipedia article :P

I saw The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis. I bought a print too :P

I love the paintings of Jane Morris. She was a muse to two of the brotherhood. It's strange seeing photographs of her, as she seems very plain. Victorians have a different sense of beauty, it seems.

I chose to try and recreated Death The Bride by Thomas Cooper Gotch. It was a bit hard because I don't have feminine features, or long hair. Here is what I came up with:

Oh man, sometimes I'm too goth for my own good. I'm always channeling Theda Bara
The poppies are the ones I gather from Remembrance Day, which falls on the 11th of November (the day after my birthday). They have old people selling them for a gold coin donation, so I try to stock up as they're so nice.
I love poppies. Fun fact, if you squint at the photo you can imagine what I used to look like with black hair! It's been so long!


Meagan Kyla said...

Can never be too goth ;)

Lady Bethezda @ Bethezdas Preoccupations said...

I love these pictures. Great interpretation with the poppies. Phsaw about not having feminine features! Look at that pointed chin and high cheekbones. Your a muse in your own right! :D

jurassicgoth said...

Great Pictures! I've also been to Birmingham Art gallery (there's an album with some of the pictures I took there on my Facebook). I also have the Death of Chatterton as my wallpaper on my computer.
When you come to Manchester next year we'll have to go and see the PreRaph stuff at the city gallery (they have Hylas and the Nymphs by Waterhouse and several Rossetti's) and maybe we'll even get to Liverpool. They have a great collection too. I always get all gushy about the pre-raphs as they're one of my favourites :-)

Anonymous said...

I just taught the PRB today in class!!! I was doing Arts and Crafts/Book Beautiful and the Aesthetic Movement, which means I had to talk about the Brotherhood! WAHOO! Same wave length BABY!

Now for your photo: YOU SO ROCK THIS BIG TIME!!! You look fabulous! I LOVE the ones that you are looking up. GAWDS! I can't believe how green your eyes are!!!

Thanks for participating, darling! MUAH!

VictorianKitty (Sophistique Noir) said...

Agree with Le Professeur: this rocks!