Art Nouveau at its best. Guinevere (c.1910) by William de

Art Nouveau at its best. Guinevere (c.1910) by William de

2/27/2021, 5:57:43 PM
Art Nouveau at its best. Guinevere (c.1910) by William de Leftwich Dodge (1867–1935) is a beautiful example of Art Nouveau. Guinevere is the legendary wife and queen of King Arthur. She was first described in 12th-century literature and many legends about her exist.in which her personality is described in a variety of ways. Similarly so, she has inspired artists, who have depicted her in roles ranging from an opportunistic traitor to a noble and virtuous lady who had some flaws. Art Nouveau was an art style most popular between 1890 and 1910. Artworks in this style are often full of plants and flowers, which were a natural element to incorporate many curved lines and busy, dynamic compositions. This results in very decorative and ornamental artworks, like this one by Dodge. Guinevere was known for some adultery. In some stories, she was seduced by Mordred during his rebellion against King Arthur. And in a later story, she got involved in a tragic love affair with her husband's chief knight and friend, Lancelot, which caused the downfall of King Arthur's kingdom. While it is not exactly clear to me which particular story is depicted here, she is clearly open to the charming efforts of the knight on the right. Do you have an idea of who that may be? And if you like this work, it is worth spending some time admiring the beautiful details all around the artwork. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #Masterpiece #Gouache #AmericanArt #AmericanArtist #AmericanPainter #KingArthurd #BritishLegend #Guinevere #Guenevere #Guenever #FemmeFatale #Opportunistic #Beauty #ArtNouveau #Queen #Legend #Lancelot #Mordred

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