"Wings of the Morning" by Robert Hughes depicts a floating

4/16/2021, 6:50:49 PM
"Wings of the Morning" by Robert Hughes depicts a floating, fair-haired nude, whose joyous arrival heralds the victory of dawn and light over the darkness. As she sweeps across the sky, bringing with her a train of doves and songbirds, she scatters the creatures of the night, including fluttering bats and a solitary owl. This piece is a spectacular example of the major exhibition pieces that Hughes showed at the Royal Watercolour Society between 1902 and 1913. Lyrical or mystical in mood, they typically featured winged or floating figures in glowing skies, often personifying times of day or phases of the moon. Hughes became particularly associated with these allegorical watercolours, which were praised by contemporary critics for their poetic qualities, colour sense and extraordinary technical skill. Hughes’s ‘blue phantasies’ were often titled with a quotation or accompanied in the catalogue by a poetic tag. The watercolours do not generally illustrate the literary texts directly but relate to them in a more oblique way through mood, theme or imagery. The title of the present work derives from what Hughes called ‘that beautiful expression in the Psalms’ (139, w. 9-10): ‘If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, And thy right hand shall hold me.’ Wings of the Morning by Edward Robert Hughes. Unknown date. #arteesamor #historyofart #arte #artwork #19thcenturyart #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #finearts #symbolism #mythology #folklore #romanticism #ethereal #artlovers #artgallery #19thcentury #beauty #wings #poem #femalebeauty #arthistory #artgallery #artlovers rs

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